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Female Sexuality in Literature

Prior to the 1900’s ideas regarding sexuality, particularly female sexuality, were fairly restricted and taboo. Modes of sexuality that breached the norm such as homosexuality and sexual liberation amongst women were “viewed as deviant”[1] and if a woman promoted sexual self-confidence and assertiveness, they would be severely frowned upon. However, during the sexual revolution of… Continue reading Female Sexuality in Literature

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Feminism in “The Bell Jar”

Betty Friedan’s 1963 book, ‘The Feminine Mystique’ was ground-breaking in its dealing with a period in women’s history in America which had previously been overlooked. Although set a decade earlier, Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ was published during the same year as Friedan’s book and it “explores the very problem that was Friedan’s subject”[1]. She… Continue reading Feminism in “The Bell Jar”