The Representation Of Female And Female Conflict Essay

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In 411 BCE, Aristophanes’ play L ysistrata, a tale of war, a sex strike, and the comedy that rises out of male and female conflict was first performed on the Greek stage. While Aristophanes’ work L ysistrata is indeed comedic, it echoes a valid sentiment of consideration: the submission women faced and the gender roles society socialized them to play Socially­defined norms of gender create a direct reflection on the way each individual views themselves, others in their gender, and their opposite counterparts in the attempt to assimilate to expectations or appropriate them. Due to the disparity of the gender spheres, the women in Lysistrata u se both an exaggerated domestic characterization and male­centered language to attempt to gain power. Though considering their “power” is centric to the preconceived stereotypes of each gender and the status quo, L ysistrata n either empowers nor gratifies females as a whole, establishing the idea that women are only as powerful as their social limitations.
The generalization of the female character by men and even women themselves reasserts their own limitations and deepens female gender norms. In the traditional realm of society, males set the standard for the female characterization—or rather dramatization, and that stereotype fuels the gender norm that defines them. In one instance, after the Koryphaios of Women caused commotion in the Akropolis, the Commissioner declares “Females again—spontaneous combustion of lust. Suspected as…

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