Portrait of Women Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Portrait of Women
Compares portrayals of women's social, personal & artistic roles in dancer's autobiography & feminist writer's polemic in the two works "My Life" by Isadora Duncan & "Sexual Politics" by Kate Millet.
# 11346 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | 1996 | US
Published on May 18, 2003 in Dance (History) , Women Studies (General)

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"Isadora Duncan led a remarkable life that was atypical for women, even in modern society. Duncan eschewed conventions concerning motherhood and marriage, and travelled the world in her quest to perfect her art--the dance. Duncan exhibited both similarities and dissimilarities to Kate Millett's description of women in Sexual Politics.

Millett (1970) blames the patriarchal bias of society for the subordination of women, the family unit serving as the foundation of such beliefs. In her estimation, "Serving as an agent of the larger society, the family not only encourages its own members to adjust and conform, but acts as a unit in the government of the patriarchal state which rules its citizens through its family heads" (Millett, 1970, p. 33). Isadora Duncan's rebellion against traditional female roles perhaps..."

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