1) The visual piece I chose is titled “Teach the Ignorant” and it touches upon a very important factor, that, education can help us overcome ignorance. This was hung in a school aimed to teach the lower-class. It appears that it is all women depicted in this piece which plays an important role. These women are from lower-class families in the 1700s and are being educated, which judging from history is a big step. However, gender roles are defined as two women knit in the back. This offsets the one women reading from a book, however. 2) In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, education also plays a key role in helping children overcome ignorance. Scout and her class learns about Hitler and the Nazis, and what they are doing at the time. Scout’s teacher says,“We are a democracy and they are a dictatorship… here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody,” (Lee 245). The best way to not repeat mistakes in history is to teach about them, just like To Kill a Mockingbird and the painting “Teach the Ignorant” exemplifies. Both works symbolize how key education is to overcoming ignorance against women, or males.
1) The song “If I Were a Boy” by Beyonce comments on the double standards men and women have that exist today. Stereotypical gender roles are reversed in this song and Beyonce sings about what her day would be like if the gender roles were reversed. Beyonce sings, “I’d kick it with who I wanted/ and never get confronted for it/ ‘cause they’d stick up for me,” These three lines touch upon the gender role that guys can hang out with whoever they want and not experience people being mad at them, while women have expected people they can hang out with without being called rude names. In the second verse of the song, Beyonce sings, “I’d put myself first/ And make the rules as I go/ ‘Cause I’d know that she’d be faithful/ waitin’ for me to come home.” These few lines explain the gender role that women expect behavior in men that’s wrong, such as cheating, because “that’s just who they are” while women are held to a higher standard. By using her powerful platform as an influential artist, Beyonce used this song to take one step in recognizing the gender inequalities women experience and saying that they are wrong and should be changed. 2) In To Kill a Mockingbird, gender roles are not switched, however, but similar ones are demonstrated. Scout Finch is told that as she ages she should stay in the kitchen more, and her family’s cook says,“... so you just come right into the kitchen when you feel lonesome. We’ll find lots of things to do in here,” (Lee 154). As Beyonce sings about, women are expected to do specific things that men are just not. Scout once even says, “Boys don’t cook,” (109) at a point in the story. She is very young at this point and already understands the gender roles women have that Beyonce sings about. From the positive side, both works take a step in educating people in the inequalities women face, helping women overcome the ignorance.
1) This news article, “Rabia makes another brave stand on gender inequality” by the source News Limited, is about one woman, Rabia Siddique, who takes a stand on overcoming the ignorance many people still hold on women. She says, “Education is the solution, the vaccine to violence, oppression and ignorance.” Rabia was abused as a young girl, and didn't receive a Military Cross for the same reason that a male colleague did. She grew up as a shy Indian Muslim girl but high school was, “a pivotal point for [her]. [She] stopped resenting [her] differences and started embracing [her] uniqueness.” Rabia is an example of someone using her stories of gender inequality to educate other people that overcoming what makes us different is very important. She brings up very fair points that education’s role in overcoming gender inequalities is very important. 2) In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many gender roles are enforced that require overcoming by the main character, Scout. At one point in the story, Scout older brother, Jem, says to her, “Scout I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home- I declare to the Lord youre getting’ more like a girl everyday!” (Lee 69). The experiences Rabia encounters and shares in the article relate to the ignorance that Scout experiences in the novel. Rabia is taking steps to overcome gender inequalities and the ones in To Kill a Mockingbird help people realize they are wrong.
1) This article, “Ignorance: complicit in gender crimes” by the source Infotrac Newsstand, makes many good points about ignorance and women in Pakistan. The article starts with a powerful statement that, “Women in Pakistan are victims of a manufactured social ignorance the kind of ignorance that escapes the boundaries of gender and promoted beliefs in fabricated notions of honour and prestige.” Continuing to make points on why we are ignorant, they relate them to why women in Pakistan are so oppressed and treated wrongly. “Women in Pakistan are victims of crimes that are acceptable. Who made these crimes acceptable? We did.” This quote touches upon society’s wrong doing in not noticing or calling attention to the silent ways that men treat women in Pakistan. This article is very powerful and states that to overcome ignorance women in Pakistan must, “talk about what threatens [their] freedom. Speak out.” 2) Just like the article suggests women in Pakistan do, Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird feels as if she has to. The overwhelming presence of ignorance Scout sees in her life is towards black people, which can be related to women in Pakistan. When Scout’s father is appointed to defend a black man in court, her town does not approve as many rumours get swirled around about their family. “The court appointed Atticus to defend him. Atticus aimed to defend him. That’s what they didn’t like about it,” (Lee 218). Even though Atticus is simply doing his job, when it comes to defending a black person, no matter how illogic the argument its, the town was apposed. Just like the article on women on Pakistan, the ignorance Scout town holds and the ignorance the men in Pakistan hold may be illogic, but it shapes their conduct and if they are not educated they continue to act in such a way.