CAPIRAL, Ma. Alyanna Mae L.Dr. Ma. Antoinette MontealegreIII-8 AB/BSE LiteratureLiterary CriticismDesire: A Feminist Literary Theory
Feminist criticism is a political act whose aim is not simply to interpret the world but tochange it by changing the consciousness of those who read and their relation to what they read.-Esther Lombardi, About.comShe wanted love, was starved for it. But she did not want the love that her body inspiredin men. She wanted something purer… cleaner.- Desire, Paz Latorena 1928.
I was amazed upon discovering that the short story Desire was written in 1928.The time was very repressive and judgmental for women or womyn for some feminist.Even up to know, with modernity, even with changing roles of the society for men andwomen, women are judged and have been the target of massive stereotyping. I remember when I was in high school; these thoughts lingered in my mind for a long time. Men arecalled “macho” when they have a lot of women while women are called “prostitutes”.Where is equality? , judgment of the society is really biased. It is acceptable for a manhaving many children of different mothers while women having many children of different fathers are immoral and unacceptable. Also beauty is just skin deep, more oftenthan not face value is more important than the inner side of a women. Most of men justdon’t care if women are dumb and gullible. Looks are more important. Also, withintelligent women, some of men are intimidated and do not like the idea that they areoutshined by women. I could cite many instances and ideas on how I view our societywith men being the superior and women are just decorations for them. Often, I am tagged by my friends as a feminist. I just don’t like the idea of being submerged into an existingorder where the only essence of a woman is to procreate. The problem is the existing