Theme Of Gender Identity In Suffragette

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The themes of gender identity defined in all three movies remain quite typical. The women in the films identify with mostly feminine traits and vice versa. Maud in Suffragette believes herself to be a mere helpless housewife who can only excel at laundry and house chores until she’s told by differently by other suffragettes and Ms. Pankhurst.
Opportunity and resources may just be a once in a lifetime or never to happen events in a marginalized person’s lifetime. To define in one word, they just might mean ‘everything’ to them. In all three of these films we see how unfair and underprivileged these people’s lives are.
“I never thought I would get the vote, so I don’t know what it would mean.” - (Maud, Suffragette)
“I keep thinking if I …show more content…

In suffragette, Maud is dominantly feminine, even though a working woman, she is the caretaker and managing all domestic work, she’s very submissive at first, takes all orders from her husband and boss, but starts to turn rebellious later on. The men in suffragette are portrayed as the people in power, they have all the hegemony. Men can own property, vote, and hold custody of children. Women are meant to be nothing more than their wives;
“You're a mother, Maud. You are a wife. You're my wife, and that's all you're meant to be.” - (Sonny Watts, Suffragette)
In born into brothels, prostitution may be a predominantly female profession but that doesn’t conclude that the red light district is a matriarchal society. Even though the women were breadwinners of the family, they remained helpless against their drug addicted husbands, who they gave their earning to, showing that the men might have the control.
In Saving face, women are once more, left to be possessions. Zakia’s husband refers to her as ‘My wife, My dignity, Mine.’ Rukhsana is portrayed to be helpless as she is forced to stay with people who attacked her because she has nowhere else to

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