Surviving Boredom

Because I'm being paid to be bored to death and have nothing better to do than surf the web, sleep and eat, I'd like to post what I wrote for my Gender Politics class last semester. I was too sick and tired of writing research papers (I wrote a total of four last sem) so I decided to deviate from the norm, wrote informally and chose Lysistrata- women characters written in male perspective- as my topic.

Four women clad in their designer bags and high-end fashion statements strut in the famous streets of Manhattan. But their friendship goes beyond Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks, Pradas and Guccis. They are a shoulder to cry on, and a person to rely on in times of failed relationships and troubled lives. Theirs is a story of big-city professional women clearly advocating feminism, manifesting empowerment and girl power in every sense of the word. This is Sex and the City, a series turned flick based on the book written by Candace Bushnell. The book which eventually became a bible for single women of today's generation, draws inspiration to women in seeing themselves in the characters of Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes. This is today- a story about women written by a woman.

Rewind to the time when Pradas and Guccis are nonexistent. Enter Lysistrata, a Greek heroine who was the advocate or leader of the no-sex for peace movement in the ancient times. Women in the movement with her were first reluctant but nonetheless for peace and reconciliation, and with Lysistrata’s decisiveness, they gave in. How uncouth it is to read about women living for sex and house chores alone, that a literary playwright even has to highlight women's seemingly uncanny interest for sex and of the shallowest of all things. This was yesterday (or maybe of yesteryears)- a story about women written by a man.

Feminist thinkers and feminist literary critics must have been grateful of time being fast forwarded from the ancient Greece to the city of Manhattan, where women are written as independent beings who live their lives without any controls from the "other" sex we call as men. This paper aims to study how male literary writers write about women in male perspective, why they create false images and representations of women, using Lysistrata as the basis of the study. Postmodern feminism studies will also be included in exploring the male playwrights and their literary style.

My Gender Politics class is one of the elective classes I enjoyed the most in graduate school. It's a course under the English-Literature department so I have to ask permission from the professor if I could take her class. Our professor is just superb, she's an expert in her field, and generous too! We ended the class with pizza and pasta! And my favorite line from her, "姐姐妹妹站起來!" When translated, it means "Sisters, let us stand up!" The class covers all areas of feminist literature and gender politics.

Now going back to being bored.

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