Sexism In Lucy, The House Of Mirth, By Gloria Steinem
In 1851, a woman gave a speech about gender inequality. Her name was Sojourner Truth. She claims that men are biased. That is, men will only give support to women if they want to, but women are obligated to help many men, several girls. Also, they say that men can’t have equal rights as men, simply because their God wasn’t a woman. “...he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman.(on-line source)” They believe that women are meant to be men’s slaves. Women are only supposed to take orders from men.
Women are categorized as exploiters when they desire to marry a wealthy man, but men are not labeled as one when vice versa. Lily in Edith Wharton’s story “The House of Mirth” is viewed as a money exploiter by one of the characters mainly because she is a woman that desires money. Gus Trenor offered her a deal to help with financial deficiencies. He sees this as a turn to sexually take advantage of her, and the money as a replacement. Gus thinks he can make Lily do what he wants her to do since he invested his money. Gus Trenor upbraids Lily by saying that“...but the plain English of it is that, now that you’ve got what …show more content…
Looking back on the post-slavery practices of Black women in the United States, household slaves, especially women, were only limited to taking care their master’s children. And because Lucy is seen as one of them, she is confined to work only as a nanny. Although originally she is from Antigua where mostly the color of skin is similar to African women in the United States. Moreover, Lucy’s parents expect less from her, while her brothers are encouraged to pursue a wonderful career. Her mother only wants her to study nursing rather than anything else because its a norm for women in Antigua to become a nurse. That is to say, there also is sexism against women in terms of education and occupation. “Each time a new child was born, my mother and father announced to each other with great seriousness that the new child would go to university in England and study to become a doctor or lawyer or someone who would occupy an important and influential position in society.(pg.130)” This passage indicates that boys, as soon as they born, have much more aspirations from their parents than a girl. She is the eldest child in her family, but since she is a girl, no one, even her mother doesn’t expect any great achievement from