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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Gender Stereotypes
Transcript of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Gender Stereotypes
Gender Stereotypes and Stigmas
Theme: The reversal of gender stereotypes illustrates the pressures and problems of expected gender roles during the late 1950's and early 1960's.
"Since I started on that ward with that woman... I shiver all the time, [and] my wife won't sleep with me" (Kesey 29)
Billy was "pleased with his success, as if he wasn't aware of us... hoorahing him" (Kesey 314)
Pop Culture Connection
Silver Age of Comics
Stereotypes affect both male and female genders and have caused much controversy over the years.This piece focuses on Male Stereotypes.
Men are expected to be dominant and decisive.
Men are supposed to be strong physically and emotionally.
Men are not supposed to cook or clean.
Men are expected to be sexually assertive.
Men are supposed to like activities, like sports, working on cars, and working out.
"Shame. Fear. Self-belittlement. I discovered at an early age that I was - shall we be kind and say different? I indulged in certain practices that our society regards as shameful. And I got sick... it was the feeling that the great, deadly, pointing forefinger of society that was pointing at me - and the great voice of millions chanting, 'Shame. Shame. Shame.'" (Kesey 294)
"Research indicates that men and boys experience comparatively greater social pressure than women and girls to endorse gendered societal prescriptions... such as the belief that men are independent, self-reliant strong, robust and tough..." (Courtenay)
"Rejecting what is constructed as feminine is essential for demonstrating hegemonic masculinity in a sexist and gender-dichotomous society. Men and boys who attempt to engage in social actions that demonstrates feminine norms of gender risk being relegated to the subordinated masculinity of 'wimp' or 'sissy'" (Courtenay)
Kesey, Ken. <i>One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, a Novel.</i> New York: Viking, 1962. 311. Print.
Courtenay, Will H. "Constructions of Masculinity and Their Influence On Men's Well-Being: A Theory of Gender and Health." <i>Social Science & Medicine</i> (2000): 1385-401. Print.
"I can see she’s furious clean out of control.She’s going to tear the black bastards limb from limb she’s so furious.She’s swelling up, swells till her back’s splitting out the white uniform and she’s let her arms section out long enough to wrap around the three of them five, six times...her painted smile twists, stretches to an open snarl, and she blows up bigger and bigger"
Romina Valdizan, Saranya Kegan, Haley O'Leary, Emily Wang
Pop Culture Connection
I Love Lucy
"Lucy and her best friend Ethel are often consumed by petty, material desires; they are frequently depicted as incompetent; their messes are usually cleaned up by their more sensible, authoritative husbands. "
"I Love Lucy's Gender Role." Evergreen. Web. 5 Dec. 2014.
Aim., and Download Date: 08. Dec. Edinburgh Research Explorer (n.d.): n. pag. Web.