In colonial Latin America, one aspect of life that was constantly under attack and had to be guarded at all costs was the ideal of one's Honour. Women in colonial Latin America had to especially be on their guard to protect their honour, as an unanswered attack to their honour could ruin a family's honour. But if a woman's honour was attacked there were ways for her to protect it. The honour women possessed at the time was said to be not as important as the honour of a man, but it is, in fact, more important then the man's. By using Richard Boyer's document Catarina Maria Complains That Juan Teioa Forcibly Deflowered Her and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera's document Scandal at the Church: Jose de Alfaro Accuses Dona Theresa Bravo and Others of
Sor Juana established herself not only as a feminist voice in Colonial Mexico but also as one of the most influential writers of her time. Her writing continued to be controversial and, while she wasn’t silenced by the convent, the threatened patriarchy eventually took action. While it is believed that her “writing was an act of defiance” (Bergmann), she also “struggled against the ecclesial authorities that tried to silence her voice” (Gonzalez 102). Sor Juana was not only brave in her publication of her work and going outside of Mexican printing to do so (Kirk) but her work was also a direct commentary on the dominant patriarchy of the time. In response to a bishop who wrote under the disguise of “Sor Filotea,” Sor Juana attempted to defend a woman’s rights to education for the last time. However, she ultimately faced
Due to the time period, one is raised in there are certain things that are considered to be the norm. In the late 1900’s women had no voice to speak out or give any of their opinions regarding any matters. In those types of society’s, the women are oppressed because the males were dominant. Edna Pontellier from The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Janie Crawford from Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston are two women who are oppressed in the society they are brought up in.
Throughout history men have been leading the battles, conquering worlds, discovering new lands, but behind every good man is a good woman! So, as I read this week, I learned an enormous amount of information about the diversity of the different roles women play according to where they might live or what era they grew up in. I will address the rights that women had, how they are viewed in society, the comparison between these women and the ones from the New Testament, the evidence to support my claim.
In many parts of the story, it’s shown that the author is comparing the men and women of that time. Her structure however, is interesting. She would talk about the men first, give them a few points why they had lived miserable, and then bring up bigger points to the women and why they had struggled. By doing this it created an illusion of one clearly worse than the other. Her argument is built the most on these sections as she strives to show the clear differences of the suffering, and also society’s view of the different genders. By setting up these few points in the structure of the essay, the author succeeds in setting up what would persuade the crowd the
The author is of the male gender. One can infer this from the author’s use of the pronouns “he and his”, which is indicative of male bias. A female would have been more prone to use “she” and “her” pronouns in the document. The author also creates an aura of power due to the phrases “So that I should rule over the black-headed people like Shamash, and enlighten the land, to further the well-being of mankind” and “I did right and righteousness in”, which historically coincides with male roles. The harsh consequences expressed in the document exhibit language and beliefs from the distant past, and it is apparent that women would not typically write in this manner during this time era.
As her and her mother helped to get women a well rounded education, they were putting one another at risk for death or torture as it can be seen from the following quote, which indicates this oppressed society
A big part of the book talked about how women were dangerous because they were lines. Because women were feared the high council had all the crazy restrictions they had for them in order to protect themselves from the women. “No Female shall walk in any public place without continually keeping up her Peace-
Women in the society have continued to face challenges since time memorial. For a long time now, women have been objectified and consequently, treated as if they were properties for the convenience of their male counterparts. This explains both the genesis and the essence of feminism, which preoccupies itself with the attainment of equal rights for the female folk. This offers believability to Harriet Jacob’s account of active female resistance to sexism as represented in her book, “The Life of a Slave Girl.” The story is purposed to outline the brutality of the sexual harassments that women, of yesteryears as of today, face. Notably, the story is a personal account of Harriet’s own experience of sexism, from the perspective of a slave girl. Harriet Jacob, in her narration, “The Life of a Slave a Girl’, shows many instances of resistance.
In Sisterhood is Powerful by a collection of women, which is a book of action, to which was conceived, written, edited, copy-edited, proofread, designed, and illustrated by women. These women wanted to give concrete examples of their oppression, in regards to the book itself, this would not simply have happened without the workings of different types of women in putting this collection together. With women becoming more consciousness of the liberation, in cases where women wrote articles for this book. There being many “reprisals”: five of personal relationships were severed, two couples were divorced and one separated, one women was forced to withdraw her article, by the man whom she was living with. While another’s husband kept rewording her piece until it was unrecognizable by her own writing.
Along with educational issues women also faced domestic violence. Minerva, Dede, Maria Theresa, and Patria ended this suffering along with gaining freedom for everybody. Although Alvarez did not include the domestic violence view in the story she did show how women were not treated the same. When Minerva when to the university to study law, upon graduate Trujillo did not award her the license to practice. (Alvarez,138) Along with her being a women doing a man’s job Trujillo allowed his personal feelings dictate that decision and it added more to her rage against his way of ruling government. “...If they kill me, I shall reach my arms out of the grave and I shall be stronger.” and stronger she was. (Mirabal, 2006)
An unlikely candidate to dispute the unfair, misogynistic treatment of women by men and society, Christine de Pizan successfully challenged the accepted negative views that were being expressed about women by the all-male literary world of her era. Part of Christine’s uniqueness stems from the time in which she lived, the middle to late 1300’s. The lack of a positive female role model to pattern herself after made Christine a true visionary in the fight for the equal rights of women. Her original ideas and insight provided a new and more intelligent way to view females. Pizan’s work, The Book of the City of Ladies, provided women much needed guidance in how to survive without the support of a man.
Women have fought, and continue to fight to gain the same rights and respect as men. The following event connects to how most women nowadays in the real world take big strides and start to participate or compete in "all men" sports and may work in jobs seen as "male" jobs. Mama Elena raised her daughters with an iron fist while she ran a ranch. During this period, people would consider other things other than tending to the children as the role of a man yet she was still respected. This is very interesting because before all the feminist connections had a negative light on women, where as this particular case put a positive light. This is another ironic similarity when Gertrudis, after being gone for a while, somewhat followed in her mom's
We have established that Helen Joseph represents a generation of women leaders that spoke truth to power at a time when perilous consequences were guaranteed. They do so externally and internally. Externally relates to their challenge to the government of the day. But their action also meant tackling what they viewed as internal wrongs in the liberation movement itself, one of these being sexism. They took a stand at a time when the struggle against sexism was seen as less important. In fact the dominant view then was that non-sexism could overshadow the struggle against racism and therefore needed to be deferred. This had the potential to make them unpopular. Already Helen Joseph had offended her privileged group by