Feminism In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Feminism Criticism of Brave New World
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World forms a “utopian” world where the people are free to do anything they want. All the pain, worry, and stress are wiped from existence. Addressing all the problems of the widespread depression, his imaginary state seemed to be perfect; however, as the new world developed, Huxley began to remove many feminine traits from women and restrict their roles in society. Though everyone were equal and the same, women began lose their importance in society. The faded roles and manipulate traits of women in the New World discloses Huxley’s realization that men will almost always dominate society. Huxley lived through a series of radical changes: new scientific developments, acceptance
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Women and men follow the motto of “everyone belongs to everyone”. Men can attract women with ease and achieve their motives without getting to know their partner. The concept of intimacy and a feeling of being special is removed and it becomes an activity made to satisfy. Sex is mainly a male dominated act. As it becomes less affectionate, it objectifies the women. Men no longer need to pursue the woman or spend time to earn a woman’s love or interest. The Brave New World entitles them to these freedoms without effort. Removing the need to pursue and woo, Huxley lowers women to a more inferior position. Furthermore, as sex turns into common practice, men start to view the women as “meat”. The connotations of meat strike as unimportant and mediocre. It degrades women by comparing them to animals. When Huxley refers to women as objects, it gives the men in the novel a sense of control and …show more content…
Lenina starts off as a character who hold many values against the totalitarian government. She seems relatable to the readers as she refuses to be “keen on promiscuity” (41). However, as she develops and is influenced by her “friends” and the society, she conforms to their views. Huxley depicts women as followers and unable to stand up for themselves. They are incapable in the society and cannot bring out any change. Her friend Fanny exemplifies a flawed trait of women as she tries to make Lenina fit in. She repeats to Lenina that she should be “a little more promiscuous” and have “one or two men besides Henry” (42). Her actions symbolize the sly and sneaky traits of women. Huxley believes that women will always try to manipulate each other for the sake of fitting

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