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November 16th, 2010

the sphinx in the city

Posted by michellemartins in Uncategorized

Wilson states, “Women have become an irruption in the city, a symptom of disorder, and a problem: the Sphinx in the city.” What does Wilson mean by this? Isn’t Wilson a feminist, why then would she be describing women as a problem. Here Wilson is not showing her views, but rather she is expressing the views that others, in particular males, have of women in cities. The women’s role in cities is so far into the labyrinth that it causes a problem in the comfort zone. People who are so used to males dominating society aren’t prepared for the opportunities that the city is offering women, and this to them is a problem. By describing it as “the sphinx in the city” it describes how the city is leaving the comfort zone more and more as women gain more influence and power, and going farther and farther into the labyrinth where there is a “loss of nature” and “loss of identity”, and where the female sphinx lay at the heart of the labyrinth.

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  1.    adavison said,

    on November 28th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Wilson states, “Women have become an irruption in the city, a symptom of disorder, and a problem: the Sphinx in the city.” What does Wilson mean by this? Isn’t Wilson a feminist, why then would she be describing women as a problem. Here Wilson is not showing her views, but rather she is expressing the views that others, in particular males, have of women in cities.
    The women’s role in cities is so far into the labyrinth that it causes a problem in the comfort zone. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BY BEING “SO FAR INTO THE LABYRINTH” People who are so used to males dominating society aren’t prepared for the opportunities that the city is offering women, WHAT ARE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES? and this to them is a problem. WHY? By describing it as “the sphinx in the city” it describes how the city is leaving the comfort zone more and more as women gain more influence and power, CERTAINLY WOMAN’S POWER IS A LARGE PART OF WHAT WILSON CLAIMS THAT MEN FEAR and going farther and farther into the labyrinth where there is a “loss of nature” EXPLAIN and “loss of identity”,EXPLAIN and where the female sphinx lay at the heart of the labyrinth. I’M TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT THE CITY GOES DEEPER INTO THE LABYRINTH AND FINDS THE SPHINX/WOMAN AT ITS HEART?


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