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Female Degradation in In the House of Moles Emerging from Terry Galloways nearly incomprehensible In the House of Moles is an indictment on female degradation Throughout the plays action we see the female characters physically and sexually assaulted and confined to suffocating gender roles Costume designer Marit Aagaard employs cross-dressing and the stereotypical attire of female gender roles to reinforce Galloways depiction of societal constraints and abuses towards women Aagaard outfits each of Galloways female characters to represent a unique aspect of the struggle of women in America The play appropriately begins with each character frozen in place loudly complaining that their costumes are unflattering and uncomfortable This parallels the manner in which many American women grudgingly don images to comply with societal expectations Jinx Shy Little Miss and Inga Polly play the prevalent female gender roles of nave girl and sex symbol respectively Jinx Shy Little Miss encapsulates so much of what has defined historical societal attitudes towards women She is engulfed by a white dress with blue trim that makes her seem ridiculously small and insignificant White shoes and blonde pigtails add to her childlike appearance Little Miss is the main beneficiary of Mr Punchs physical and sexual abuse representing mans continued abuse of women She is the American woman as eternal child expected only to giggle and smile never expressing ideas or opinions Inga Polly is forced to use her sexuality as a means of establishing her position in a male dominated world Outfitted in a 1920s clapper style dress that highlights her female figure sex defines her identity Throughout the play she is forced to demean herself by bending over to pick up objects in a sexually suggestive manner Each time she cringes and her body tightens in protest but she dutifully performs her job The choice of the 1920s era garb brings to mind the womans suffrage movement of the same time period Ingas clothing ironically comments on how little
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