Battle Between Sexes Critical Analysis Of G

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Battle Between Sexes Critical Analysis Of G. I. Jane Essay, Research Paper Somewhere in my heart I would like to believe that I am a strong and disciplined woman. Sometimes, that is true, more often, it is half-true and then there are the days when it is a lie. But people are dimensional and complex which often makes it fun to watch them. The truth is, in humanity, there are many stories to be caught but the ones that got away – they make the best stories of all. The story of “GI Jane” begins in the male dominated world of the Navy Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil played by Demi Moore. The opportunity comes to be the first woman to train to be a SEAL she decides it is her only option to advance. The carrot comes in the person of Senator Lillian DeHaven played by Anne

Bancroft, who has an agenda of her own. DeHaven, chairperson of the Armed Services Committee, has been bashing heads with the male-dominated and liking-it-that-way top brass over the appointment of Secretary of Defense and she decides it is a good time to get what she wants – an integrated fighting force. Blackmailed and certain that no woman would ever succeed, the brass agrees to a test case and Lieutenant O’Neil is sent on her way. Unaware that she is the political pawn of a “feminist” Senator, Jordan O’Neill agrees to become the first woman to train with the elite fighting force. If Jordan succeeds, then she will strike a blow for the idea of women in combat, but no one expects or even really wants her to succeed. Jordan, appearing as masculine as possible, bravely

endures humiliation, ridicule, sabotage, and physical torture to prove she can do it. O Neil suffers each of these indignities, and even shaves her hair to escape its encumbrance. O’Neil finds herself fighting for respect and survival among the officers, the fellow trainees, and the world it seems. To make matters worse, she ticks off C.O. Salem by insisting on one standard of training. If it is to be done, O’Neil will do it as all the men have to do it or not at all. The toughest battle for her lies in the person of Master Chief John Urgayle whose job it is to destroy and if they stay, then to build them back up. Urgayle doesn’t believe women should be in combat, not because they are not capable but because it distracts the men, forcing them to be protective and therefore

vulnerable to assault. And Jordan finds herself embroiled against even her allies as DeHaven shows her character to be more suspect than the rest. Even if statistically more men than women could make it as a SEAL, this would say nothing about individuals. It seems so stupid to pontificate in advance, in a vacuum, about whether, being a woman, Jordan O’Neil could or should make it. Given the credentials that the film hypothesizes that she has, O Neil ends up making it after all. Equality feminism is having the right to be equal as a woman. Fighting for your right to have a right and to take on roles as men do. In the movie, Jordan O Neil was given differential treatment because she was a woman. She did not want this treatment and refused to be singled out. She wanted to be

treated the way the men were treated. Looking back to the times when women were nothing more than homemakers, our book talks about the women being the one s to take on a man s role when they left for war. This proved that women were capable of holding jobs and were able to get along and provide for their families without the man. Women s liberation was revived after the baby-boom generation. The key concept about this time was to open up the job market for women so they too could become doctors and lawyers and whatever else they chose to do. Classical feminism says that men and women should first be looked at as people. Culture is what has shaped us. Simone de Beauvoir a feminist icon of the 1920 s accuses the philosophical tradition as women being viewed as atypical human beings