Stereotypes in Poems Using Hidden Metaphors

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Stereotypes in Poems using hidden metaphors

Metaphors are present in our everyday language. They are a cornerstone of communication in everyday language. They exist in all cultures whether to creatively describe an event, teach a lesson or exaggerate the importance of an experience. Metaphors can have hidden meanings while others offer vivid images and eloquent phrases to convey their point. Some metaphors are called sleeping metaphors because the reader takes the meaning for granted. As Emily Martin demonstrated in her article the Sperm and the Egg, she revealed how gender stereotypes are hidden within the scientific language and other so called objective writings. The following examples are given in order to support her findings
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Male chauvinist is defined by the dictionary as male who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit. The final poem is one in which the author is portraying women as a physical object to be desired. Chauvinist by Mark Slaughter is an example of what the feminist movement has been fighting against since the eighteen hundreds:

I’d never really comprehended such a mighty range of
Shapes and sizes down behind, it’s really rather strange:
The buttock muscle in a woman, overlaid with fat
Is actually such a focal point for men to want to pat

Or squeeze, and then to tease her if it’s eminently stout,
Or even risk a stay in clink to sting it with a clout!
After all, we men are tuned to be that way inclined –
And tho’ our needs are varied, girls, they’re all perverse of mind!

Best of all, our sacred dream: to see her shed her gown
When gliding to the shower for the ritual sponging down.
But then alas! With body lathered, oops! she drops the soap;
‘Please! ’ we beg her, ‘bend and bare! ’ But we can only hope!

I’m sure by now you get the picture – like a rule of thumb –
That men like me obsess all day about the fairer bum. (1-14)

The last poem is overtly obvious of its intent that the reader cannot mistake its

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