The Stereotypes Of Sexism Against Women In The Maltese Falcon

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Stereotyping is something that was well alive back then and still alive and well today. Although stereotyping does not have an exact date on which it started, it all comes from people not being willing or taking the time to actually complete the “total picture.” So, we take what we see and hear, such as language, gestures, and appearance to fill in the missing parts. There are two main instances which occur in the Maltese Falcon which are, sexism, and homosexuality, two of the many stereotypes that will never really leave this earth.
In the Maltese falcon there are several examples of the stereotype of sexism against women. In the novel, there are two main women and they are all portrayed to be emotional and very flirtatious. For example, when
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Women did not have as much freedom or rights as they do now. There were certain jobs that they were expected to have and certain ways they were expected to act as women so, not too many women were working in big offices and heads of big companies. They were either supposed to be at home with the children or in a very small workplace. In Laura A. Rosenbury’s article, “Work Wives” she states that, “As women gradually moved out of secretarial pools in management tracks and received some legal protection against gendered expectations, portrayals of the work wife changed, but did not disappear” meaning that even though as time moved on things improved for women and more things were open to them, their “expectations” will never really go away. Also women were not portrayed or seen to be tough, gritty individuals. They were seen to be delicate, flirty and emotional. In the article, "The Red And The Black: Gender, Genre, And The Romance Of (Anti) Communism" by Robert Miklitsch, he discusses the feminist and what they considered “un American” activities. Later in the article he says that, “by comparison, is an anomaly: while her emotionalism is stereotypically feminine” because some women at this point started to drift away from the emotional stereotype of a woman which was considered to be

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