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WARRING GENDER In the autobiography The Woman Warrior Maxine Kingston sruggles with her identity which reflects her gender ideas Maxine Kingston wants to show the audience that she is a woman warrior She shows this in many ways by telling stories which reflect her personality or in her mind her gender Today woman who are proud of their gender are feminists Feminists seek equal econimic rights support reproductive rights including the right to abortion critize traditional definition of gender roles mind favor raising children of both genders for similiar public achievemnts and domestic responsibilities that does not equate man with humanity Many campaign vigoriously against violence against woman rapewife beating etc and against the demigration of woman in the media Kingston is a symbol of feminism because she stands up for her woman beliefs She shows her audience how she feels sbout the worlds outlook on woman throughout Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts From the very beginning of her life story Kingston reveals her childhood as a female She shows the reader her mothers feelings about her Aunt who killed herself in the well because her pregnancy by adultry She states how her father would not admit to having a sister because of the humiliation she caused them This story is very intense and detailed which starts the book off with the introduction of how women were portrayed The man who got her aunt pregnant wanted to kill her because he did not want to be embarrassed when actually it was his fault just as much hers Maxines mother tells her this story because she wants her daughter to be the perfect female for their family Dont let your father know I told you He denies her Now that you have started to menstrate what happened to her could happen to you Dont humiliate us You wouldnt like to be forgotten as if you had never been born The
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