Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston portrays femininity and masculinity through her stories for the audience to apprehend oppression of men and women. Chimamanda tells us about a teacher who wanted to pick a student for class monitor. The class monitor was a big thing you go around the room and write down the names who were taking it was big job. The teacher told her and the class you had take this test and the person with highest grade will become the class monitor. Chimamanda got the highest test score but was told she could not be the class monitor and the second highest score was a boy who was not eager to be the class monitor. Man are shape to become the leader and the women are might to be the sidekick. Chimamanda was told she can't because she is girl and the boy is suppose to take lead your just the sidekick. She was told that she was not good enough that her gender was problem. The issue was something she could not change. Chimamanda tells her audience many women who she knows have to step down because she has to support the man's ego. A women and man who have the same field of work and when they come home the women is doing the housework while the man is resting. When a man cleans their baby's diaper the women gives a thank you. When a woman is single she is pressured to find a husband but when a man single he hasn't find the right one yet. When women and a man have the same amount money to go out and eat but the man is expect to pay. As she makes these claims you can hear pin drop from the audience. Men have this pressure to be the best and if their not they should be shamed the talk of the family. Men can't be to feminine but have to be perfect to run a company. There are labels in the world. A guy who is gay, black, and is in wheelchair has a target on their back but a woman who is bisexual, white, and is blind has a "greater" target. When you breakthrough one label their another one waiting. Their are factors that make up you and gender is big part because you're either born with silver spoon in your mouth or not but if teach kids now that they are equal 50 to 100 years for now you don't have to worry about if man is going to pay or the women is going to clean the house it will be simply equal.
In the music video called "Doo Wop" By Lauryn Hill the cinematography and lyrics illustrates femininity and masculinity. The video shows to different error of times. 1960s and the 1990s showing the contrasts of new technology to different clothes but the same social issues. Women wearing tight clothes to attract the men and the men treating them like trash. 30 years of the same cycle. Women not giving themselves some respect so the man feel it's easy so the women give it up easy. She conveys this in the video by showing women dancing in tight clothes and men approaching the women and grinding on them showing easy access. Then they show the relationship and the women in the bedroom alone as watch the man leave them in both errors. We keep repeating history not changing it. "Don't be a hard rock when you are really a gem. Baby girl, respect is just minimum. Niggas fucked up and you still defending ' em." It starts with you when you say no and say yes to yourself because when you break the cycle the man will show respect. The man should be on putting their best behavior to attract you. When they start disrespecting you then it's time to run not stay in the madness because he has to be done with you. Society has that man have to ask the women out and than continue the relationship to follow up with asking woman hand in marriage but what about the women making that decision. The world is set for man but when you start with yourself and respecting yourself than that little deed can start something new. Life changing to other girls ahead of us.
In the Poem called "Hanging Fire" by Audre Lorde displays femininity and masculinity to describe how she is being downgraded as women of color and uses death to convey how much time she has left to internalize the minds of others to the situation of sexism. The character in the poem tries out for the math team and gets shut down. "Nobody even stops to think about my side of it. I should have been on Math Team my marks were better than his." The fourteen year old is seeing something wrong in her environment that the best person was not picked for the job. She is realizing that her gender is affected by the choice of the Math Team. Life is going to be hard even if you have the credentials and more to get the opportunity that you felt you deserve. As woman you have to work 10 times harder in any field you want to work in and but the sweat and tears in anything you are working on to not let the man uses his card. The author explains the protagonist's appearance and why the character is oppose of her braces and many other things. "Why do I have to be the one wearing braces. I have nothing to wear tomorrow. Will I live long enough to grow up and momma's in the bedroom with the door closed." Teen girls are always wanting to change something and change what they look like to please the opposite sex to give. When the character is picking on her braces and wondering what she is going to wear the next day it's to get reaction out of someone. So she uses death to explain if she dies today or the next day she has anything to prove her life was worth living. Her challenges was full of men and boys telling her she can't have this because you are x and y. If she dies today she will have issues that needed to be solved for the better good in the community of girl power. Every time she was downgrades by her appearance or does may not say something when she believes she is right it betters mankind not womankind. It makes one women or girl less confident to prove what they are made out of to dominate mankind to womankind.
In the text called "Girl" Femininity and Masculinity plays a big role in this passage, if the young girl does not uphold her duties as a young women she be considered a slut, the author does this by using first and second person view to portray the issue of young girl trying to understand her duties as young women. The Young girl is being instructed by her mother on what a women should be doing around the house. She teaches her from how to hang up the clothes, how to make different types of dishes to what's the right way to walk. "Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming; don’t sing benna in Sunday school; you mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions; don’t eat fruits on the street—flies will follow you; but I don’t sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school;" The mother uses the slut word as threat to the young girls future if she does not to what she is told in her training to become the perfect woman in the eye of society. It's attacks on her personality that's warning to the young girl to change. As the mother tells the young girl what she must do in Sunday school for now on than the mother talking cuts off and the author goes into the young child's thoughts to give us on a insight on what she does. The mother tells her not to sing the song anymore because she "seen" her daughter sing the song and the daughter tells us that she does not sing the song at all. Makes me think if the mother is a active mother in her life and is being told all this stuff. "And this is how to move quick so that it doesn’t fall on you; this is how to make ends meet; always squeeze bread to make sure it’s fresh; but what if the baker won’t let me feel the bread?; you mean to say that after all you are really going to be the kind of woman who the baker won’t let near the bread?" The mother is not physical saying the word slut but she is appealing it. If the baker does not allow you to touch the bread than you mess up in your actions and what you are getting is what you deserve because you have not followed what society told you do. So now you are slut. The S-L-U-T is the word for women who have a opinion and women with opinion is not appreciative anywhere in the world. It's fact but we don't take as it is. So if your too masculine or different in the world as women than that makes you slut. So I am slut I guess.