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For centuries women have gone to extreme measures to please men Women seek acceptance and respect from men One method used by women to obtain this respect and acceptance is narcissism Adrienne Richs essay When We Dead Awaken Writing as Re-Vision as well as Susan Douglas essay Narcissism as Liberation discusses womens narcissistic attempts to become liberated Richs essay deals with woman writers and their attempts at becoming liberated while Douglas essay focuses on the media and women Both essays show that liberation through narcissism is ineffective Narcissism can be defined as the excessive interest in ones appearance or image In both essays the women described by both authors engage in this self-interest in attempts to be accepted and respected by men These excessive interests in ones appearance for women are efforts to become the ideal woman in the eyes of men They were self-satisfied and self-assured yet their value came from male admiration and approval Douglas 129 This is an example of why liberation cant be achieved through narcissism One might assume that by focusing on ones self a person could achieve liberation one would be completely independent and free of control In reality these narcissistic women are dependent on the male approval therefor they are not liberated Adrienne Rich gives examples of this type of narcissistic behavior in her essay When We Dead Awaken Writing as Re-Vision Rich along with many females believe that men set societys standards and expectations and that women must adhere to these expectations in order to gain acceptance respect and acknowledgment in any given area of society Mans power to dominate try-annize choose or reject the woman Rich 551 Rich uses the woman writer as an example stating that women writers must be conscious of their writings because their images as writers are assigned to them by men Women writers feel that they must write to the approval of men in order to gain respect
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