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As a woman in the 20th Century I feel the need to fit into certain molds that society chooses Through the continued exposure to television magazines and other forms of media I along with others feel the pressure to be what society wants me to be For example the media is not shy when revealing the ideal figure that they believe every woman should have Indeed 36-24-36 is a sign of our time being portrayed everywhere from billboards to sitcoms If a woman obtains a perfect figure she feels good about herself and society generally reflects it positively as well studies have shown that overweight people are often mistreated while those of us who are beautiful are hired given breaks etc However when a woman loses the ideal she could quite possibly be subject to many cruel comments concerning her weight People judge her wondering why she is not still thin Although the above is a hypothetical situation it is safe to conclude that it has occurred Consequently the women in Burmese Days face the same kind of struggles Their culture also puts certain expectations on them which they are obligated to fulfill in one way or another Stereotyped by society Elizabeth Mrs Lackersteen and Ma Hla May all face very real yet very different circumstances which seek not only to empower and reward them but also to ruin them and cause problems Florys mistress Ma Hla May fits very well into Burmese society until Flory dismisses her Just like a woman today may be finally satisfied with being a size 6 Ma Hla May is content with the knowledge that Flory needs her to love However when he finally realizes that he cannot propose to Elizabeth with Ma Hla May still in the picture he sends her away Arriving in her village without Florys benefits her fellow natives look upon her as a cheap whore being used by a white man When she
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