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Is Rita an example of a traditional good woman In what ways does she fit or not fit into a traditional gender role The traditional good woman has many stereotypical characteristics She doesnt talk to men first and doesnt ask them to dance but waits for them to approach her Rushing into sex never happens In fact more than casual kissing on the first date is a rarity If you want to get into the extreme stereotype you can go the way of June Cleaver Staying at home all day she cooks and cleans happily while the man works all day and his only contribution to the family duties is tossing around a ball in the evening with the kids This typical good woman has been portrayed throughout our history as the ideal woman She is the perfect wife and mother I believe that Rita is a traditional good woman She fits into the traditional role in many ways but she also strays from some of our typical stereotypes As the movie begins we meet Rita She is a nice accommodating woman who is happy and eager to please others In that aspect she is staying in the traditional gender role of our stereotype woman She goes to great lengths to ensure everyones needs are met without showing us any concern for her own Rita is always smiling and chipper towards everyone no matter how unhappy they might be In the other aspect as the movie begins we can tell that she is as eager to please Page 2 as she is strong and independent She retains her independence while still maintaining the respect of the people working under her They only obvious exception is Phil who is technically one of those under her believes he is not and
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