Gender in AIC

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  • Gender
    • How Mr Birling refers to women
      • When Mr Birling is telling Eric and Gerald about women's attitudes towards the clothes they wear.
        • "...not only something to make 'em look prettier - but - well, a sort of sign or token of their self-respect."
        • Mr Birling shows that he has a patronising view of women, making the suggestion that clothes are a sign of self-respect for them. He has a stereotypical view of women here and does not see them as individuals but suggests that all women think in the same way.
    • How Mrs Birling treats Eva Smith
      • When Mrs Birling suggests that Eva is incapable of having feelings.
        • "She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd in a girl in her position."
        • Priestley shows that even women like Mrs Birling can be just as cruel and old fashioned as the men are. She does not try to empathise with a member of her own gender. This also highlights her negative attitude towards the working class
    • How Gerald refers to women
      • Gerald makes sexist and superficial comments about the women in the bar he visits.
        • "I hate those hard-eyed dough-faced women."
        • Gerald shows that he can be very superficial in his view of women. If they don’t meet his standard of how they 'should' look, he dislikes them.

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