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Transcript of SEX
Sexuality in "The Bell Jar"
A lot more open
Sex before marriage is more acceptable
Sex starts at a younger age
Women are prude if they don't and a slut if they do
Men are pressured into feeling like they have to have sex
Sexuality in the 1950s
Wait for marriage (more for women than men)
By: Taylor Laporte, Karla Lopez, Jalicia Hill and
Sexuality Then and Now
50s gave rise to these magazines
More open discussion on sex
Women freer to express sexuality
Have a career
Make the money
Relationships for pleasure
Lazy or immature for not pursuing a career
Have a husband
Selfish for pursuing a career
Defined as "unlawful and carnal knowledge of a woman, by force and against her will"
Proof of nonconsent
unchaste woman could not be raped
Husband could not rape his wife
Defined as "Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
1 in 6 women have been sexually assaulted
3x more likely to suffer from depression and 4x more likely to commit suicide
"But these seniors said most boys were like that and you couldn't honestly accuse them of anything until you were at least pinned to engaged to be married"(71).
Buddy having an affair with a waitress
Doreen having an affair with Lenny
"Sluts, all sluts. Marco seemed to be talking to himself. Yes or no, it is all the same." (109)
Marco was trying to rape Esther. Esther tried to defend herself and he calls her a slut.
"I had spent an hour kissing .. When I had finished, he said, I have you typed, baby. You'll be a prude at forty." (146)
Esther remember kissing a boy she felt bad for but when she would not go any further he got upset and called her a prude.
These two quotes show that if you do have sex you are labeled a slut but if you do not then you are a prude. Women are put into two categories there is nothing in between. Men would try to persuade women to have sex with them but when they did they became not pure enough to marry.
When Doreen is going out with men she is looked down on and could be perceived as a slut, but when Buddy slept with the waitress it was seen as okay and something all men will do.
BY SYLVIA PLATH 1932–1963
Pure? What does it mean?
The tongues of hell
Are dull, dull as the triple
Am a pure acetylene
Attended by roses,
By kisses, by cherubim,
By whatever these pink things mean.
Not you, nor him.
Not him, nor him
(My selves dissolving, old whore petticoats) ----
" This article was written by a married woman lawyer with children and called 'In Defense of Chastity'"(81).
There was an article written explaining why women should wait until marriage to have sex and chastity is the only way to guarantee you will not get pregnant.
"' I like you,' Joan was saying. 'I like you better than Buddy.'" (219).
Joan had expressed feelings for Esther, but Esther did not understand why women would like other women.
Society wanted women to be the perfect wife and mother by waiting for marriage to have sex. Being a lesbian was not talked about or acceptable in the 1950's. Joan tried to fit into what society want even though she was attracted to women. These true hidden feelings of Joan's could have lead her into her depression because she could not fit into what society wanted her to be.
This poem is about love and when love that has gone wrong