Content Analysis and Comparison of Women’s Literature: Relating Sex, Ethnics, and Communication in Gender

Ellen Wieberg, Pittsburg State University

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Abstract This content analysis bridges the gap between the theoretical in the field of gender studies and the historical situation of societal cultures and pressures surrounding gender with the everyday experiences that are still occurring presently. This paper focuses on nine separate observations from the reference, Sex, Ethnics, and Communication (Peterson, 2011); it then makes a comparison to the everyday life of an American undergraduate student and three other novels.

Women Have the Minds of Children (Part II, p. 76)

Observation: “Benevolent and patronizing men labeled women passive and childlike, unable to think rationally or for themselves. In order to keep these ‘natures’ in check, it was argued, women needed to be controlled, contained, steered, and dominated.”

Personal Evidence: On a more personal note, this struck a chord with the individualistic, scholarly person within me. It is offensive to believe that women are incapable of having fully developed thoughts and must be treated like the infants that they socialize with in the home every single day. This thought process leads me to think about my grandparents. They were married before my grandmother had even turned sixteen. She was never allowed to learn how to drive or make any vital decisions for her future. Although she was allowed to get a job outside of the home, she had seven children. So the likelihood of her keeping a job and being self-sufficient would be quite remote. This was just one of the many ways she was controlled by my domineering grandfather.

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