Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trifles


I really enjoyed watching Trifles, and I thought that it brought up many good points about gender. Women were valued far less than men, despite the women being incredibly smart. Sexism stood out to me over and over again as the men made demeaning comments about their abilities, especially in relation to the case. The underestimation of the women reminded me of the idea that women are put on a pedestal. The women in Trifles were underestimated for their their intelligence, and not their home-making. By putting women on a pedestal like this, it shows how women can be valued in some areas and not others. In trifles the women are not even considered suspects, despite one of them murdering her husband. Mrs. Wright was not originally seen as a suspect because of her gender, and nothing else. Trifles made me think about all of the small underestimations made about women every day. Despite some progress, women are still constantly undervalued, mostly in the workplace. Small things like being interrupted or brushed aside are still big issues because when each small injustice builds up, it makes a large impact. In our society, women don’t carry the same weight as men, yet they are valued highly in the home. The women in Trifles are valued for their cooking and cleaning, and this continues into today’s society. There are many similarities between today’s gender roles and the ones seen in Trifles. Although there are these similarities, watching Trifles also showed the progress that society has made. Women are valued much more than they used to, yet the injustices that women face still exist. It is very interesting to see this progress, and it brings up a question of what society will look like one hundred years from now. The documentary Miss Representation stated that it would take 500 years for women to reach equity in congress at the rate that it is currently happening. I hope that it takes much less time and similarly women are not underestimated nearly as much as they are now, or in Trifles.

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