Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Was Amy Winehouse a sexist or chauvinist?

In an ever-changing world, it seems useless to talk about gender roles.

But Amy Winehouse doesn't seem to think so.

Her song raises some questions that have been forgotten or given less importance:

  • What is the role of the man and the woman in the traditional different-sex relationship?
  • Are these roles still clearly defined?
  • Who is supposed to be the stronger sex in the relationship?
  • What do we mean when we say that the woman is the fairer sex?
  • Who is supposed to make the final decision or take the initiative in a relationship?
  • Who wears the pants/calls the shots in the family? (who is the boss?)
  • Who is usually responsible for what in a relationship - bills, shopping , housework etc.?

According to recent studies, though, more and more men openly admit that the woman is the one who has the last word or actively participate in all decisions related to family.

These men also admit that the woman chooses their clothes, programs their diet and takes care of the family expenses.

So is there anything left for the man?


Sabrina Braga said...

Nice activity. But I believe she was neither one nor the other. She was a unique composer as well as singer, unfortunately a junkie too, too stubborn to accept treatment - yes, being an alcoholic and/or a drug addict is a disease. She was also an icon though, and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Amy.

Angela said...

What does it mean to be male? What does it mean to be female?

How to be a man? How to be a woman?

Different cultures impose different expectations upon men`s and women`s roles.
Have the roles changed?

"You should be stronger than me?"
Why should men be stronger than women?

Amy`s song can prove that despite women`s liberation movements and feminists` discourse , gender roles haven`t changed much over the last forty years .

Anonymous said...

I think that's the point of the song:

Women still need and want men to be men.

BiaSeidl said...

My dear theacher and friend

Be kind whatever happens.Men,women..Both need to be humble all the time.Love is all,isn´t,it?
Bia Seidl

dablog said...

All you need is love Bia!

Complain as we do about our partners (no matter if we are talking about different or same sex relationships), we can't live without them.

Anonymous said...

I agree with BIa, because men and women need to complete their differences,trying to understand these differences each other . I think this relationship is very difficult, but it's not impossible, if both of them want to live together.

Anonymous said...

Good point, Bia!
Kindness is the key word.

You`ve already role-played so many women`s roles in fictional setting that you must know a lot about the subject.