April 13, 2009

Gender Paper

The scene that I chose is the one where Lupita tries on different wigs, and with each wig comes a generalized life that would go with the wig. The scene is very significant, in terms of gender roles and assigning what one must look like in order to do a certain role.
The wigs:
Single Lady Wig: In this wig Lupita is transformed into different career roles. She quickly takes the wig off, claiming that it looks horrible on her. My question from this "role" is why does Lupita need to be single in order to have these careers? Is this just the authors way of shedding light on the subject, or is this the accepted role of women? In this scene there are no men, to contrast the differences between the two.
Soiled Flower Wig: Lupita is a street walker in this wig. A very naive street walker. The portrayal of women fighting in this scene is reminiscent of women fighting over men in general. Which to me, is very alarming. The man in this scene is the peace bearer, which brings to mind that women are not capable of finding peace amongst themselves, they must have a middle man to bring understanding, because after the man leaves the post, and "solves" everything, the two girls seem jolly with each other. The roles are very gendered.
Usurper Wig: This wig makes Lupita become a mistress. This scene is my favorite scene, the way she is just laying about doing nothing, waiting for her man to arrive. How she gave up everything living life as a leper just so that she can be with him, is very reminiscent of women who just live their lives for the man. The fact that the maid, is familiar with her situation, and knows that she will too be out of a job. It is sad too, how the woman knew what was to become of her in her situation, but seems to do nothing about it, instead she purrs to him, that she misses him. The women play very gendered roles, the maid, working, cleaning, cooking, and the mistress staying fresh, and clean for the man.
Woman of Action Wig: This wig takes her to a reporting job. She seems to work very hard, and is also very aware of the current politics of her country, careful not to mention any countries that were currently against. The women that Lupita interviews could also be considered different versions of herself, one whom is controlled by her husband, one whom is controlled by her work, another whom is doing her work, simply because that was what her father had wanted.
Edge of the Storm: This is the last and final wig, this wig brings her to a academic standard, she is meeting with a group of women, a club. She informs them all of this book "The Eternal Feminine", I didn't really like this wig, or this segment from the scene, it seemed disjointed from the rest, almost as if the author wrote it as a after thought to the rest of the book. Essentially, though, this wig is too educated for Lupita, who in a fit of anger stomps all over the wig. The ideas presented were too progressive for her.
Overall, when you combine the whole wig scene, I feel that it was a bit negative towards women, I'm not sure if the author wanted her work to come off with a hint of satire, but thats what I find. The main character, Lupita seems weak, and not able to stand up for herself at all. Most women, might be able to connect with the main character, or be able to relate. I can not relate at all. Although, this was written quite some time ago. I believe that Bell Hooks, would agree with me on some level covering this reading. If Rosairo Castellanos was trying to prove a point, she might have tried to be less subtle and more straight to the issue. She seemed to curve around the issue, touching on it slightly, but then she would veer off to another issue.

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