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Sexism

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Bob Smith

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Sexism

SEXISM
OF MICE AND MEN “I get lonely, you can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?” This quote by Curley’s wife
shows the sexism towards
women. It shows that the women of this era
were controlled by their husbands,
not allowing them the freedom of
walking around and socializing
with others. Sexism is seen through her name.
She doesn’t have a name except
for Curley’s Wife;
she wasn’t even given a name. If Curley’s wife talks to anyone but Curley,
Curley will try to beat up that man. Curley keeps a glove on his hand f
ull of Vaseline for when he beats her. “A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.” In this interaction shows
the way that some women
dressed during this era. It shows the way that women had to act in order to gain attention. Although she dresses like this, the men are afraid to talk to her because of Curley. It shows the way women were viewed in this era as well. The other men’s reactions show how they feared talking to her, because they viewed her as a tart. “Aw, nuts! What kinda harm am I doin’ to you? Seems like they ain’t none of them cares how I gotta live? . . . I wouldn’t be living like this, you bet. . . . . Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes- all the nice clothes they wear. . . . Because this guy says I was a natural.” This quote shows the ambition of Curley’s wife to have something better than the situation in which she lives now. She thinks she deserves better because she has done no harm to anyone. It also shows the way that she could have been a star as an actor. She could have been something much bigger than just the property of a man. She believes her mother stole the letter that could have gotten her into Hollywood. CULT OF DOMESTICITY "True Womenhood" Women stay at home
and cared for the
children Men alone provide for the family Female purity was also highly reverred. Without sexual purity, a woman was no woman, but rather a lower form of being, a "fallen woman," unworthy of the love of her sex and unfit for their company.

Woman were deemed
intellectualy inferior
as well as physically
inferior SEXISM IN THE WORKPLACE Man's view of the true woman "I would have her as pure as the snow on the mount-
As true as the smile that to infancy's grace-
As pure as the wave of the crystalline fount,
Yet as warm in the heart as the sunlight of heaven."
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