Anti-feminism Apparent in The Great Gatsby
She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool - the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool'" (Gatsby, 21).
Despite the prevalent Women's Right's Movement of the 1920's, Fitzgerald instead depicts his women characters as they were stereotyped in earlier years - inferior to to men. Daisy, a flirty and seemingly fragile young woman, appears completely controlled by her husband, Tom, who constantly condescends her. Tom also disproves of Jordan Baker's flighty ways, including her traveling the country alone. I find this portrayal to be rather unfair and disturbing. During the time when the country was at its peak of it's feminist campaign, Fitzgerald still felt the need to dwell in the past rather than live in present of look toward the future of women's rights. Historically, ladies in the 1920s organized protests and held seminars where women in order to obtain equality to men. However, the women in this novel were portrayed as simply the property of men. They had their love affairs in secret and their husbands' were able to put a stop to them as soon as their unfaithful behavior was revealed. I'm not sure why Fitzgerald belittled women throughout his novel, but as a feminist reader, I greatly disprove.