ENGL 480_Prospectus_Assignment 1_Fall 2009

ENGL 480_Prospectus_Assignment 1_Fall 2009 - Servin 1...

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Servin 1 Martha Servin Dr. Berg English 480 11 October 2009 Prospectus – Assignment 1 TENTATIVE TITLES: If Women Had a Voice. . . – The Emerging Vocabulary of the Violent Female The Taboo of Female Violence – Circling Around the Images of Violent Women A Natural Shift in Pedagogy – Women from Darlings to Deviants Mobilizing Women to War – Disrupting the Cultural Understanding of Femininity WHAT I WANT TO KNOW: When did the cultural assumption about women and violence begin to challenge certain notions about the image of women? What are the theoretical models for women? For women and violence? What are other people thinking? Why are we so programmed to believe that women must be docile, submissive, weaklings? Who taught us to think this way? Does one stand to reason, then, that there is no good reason for women to be fierce? What arguments are there against women and violence? In today’s society, how are women perceived? Is femininity synonymous to grace, meekness, and beauty? Does our culture have far too much influence over the true self of what constitutes female and their use of violence? How has literature, film, and objectification challenged its theoretical model of patriarchy?
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Servin 2 INTRODUCTION: Too proactive? Too tough? Too sexy? Too carnal? These are terms that one usually does not accuse men of being; however, terms women have been cautioned of violating. Throughout history, females have been subdued and obligated to adapt to a world subjugated by men. Regardless of the acquired equality and opportunities – the right to vote, enter the workforce, the right to wear pants, joint the military, be physically fit, run for senate, and lead our communities– the strife for equality has not changed the fact that this is still a man’s world. Men are to lead the world, and women are to follow as helpless, tame, submissive beings ready to support and assist their men when called upon. It is then unnatural, according to the world, to believe that embodying power, force, or violence is entitled to anyone other than men. As a result, female violence is not taken sincerely as society would prefer to think of violent females as desperate, feeble, naïve people of abuse or simply passionate, provoked women of ill-treatment (Male Matters). Who taught us to think this way? Are we so programmed to deem women can have power as long as it is non-violent? Does one stand to reason, then, that there is no good reason for women to be fierce? I think that we have come to a place and time to confront the taboo of women as docile, weak, and waiting to be saved people. We need to use our intellect and not our bigotry to confiscate the obligatory references as to how females should live and act. According to author Elizabeth Plummer, “The startling images that are emerging of violent images from pop culture have begun to disrupt the cultural understanding of what constitutes femininity. . . It
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