Arther portrayed women as inferior and submissive as they are physically weaker and financially dependent towards their male counterparts

Arther portrayed women as inferior and submissive as they are physically weaker and financially dependent towards their male counterparts. This is evident where Golden mentions that geishas “spoke with a soft tone, as one might expect of a woman who has made a career of entertaining men.” The word ‘expected’ shows that the gender roles in Japan are strongly emphasized and followed by society and people are ‘expected’ to strictly abide by them and a geisha would have to follow those rules to keep her clients. This shows how superficial the society is in that it expects a person to act in a certain way just because they are of a certain gender and there is lack of freedom to freely express your opinion and be yourself. Secondly, Women in a stereotypical society are only expected to speak when spoke to with a soft tone. A soft tone is used to portray doubt and unsureness when a woman voices her opinions and this shows that women are submissive in front of their male counterparts and that men have the final say in important decisions while women could only suggest her opinion in a subtle way. Secondly, speaking with a soft tone shows a geisha’s femaleness and motherhood and a man will more likely to be attracted to her due to the fact that she reminds the man of his sweet and nurturing mother and this makes him to feel comforted and relaxed when he is with her. This shows males let down their guard, less cautious and easier to deal with when geishas speak with a soft voice. Thirdly, a soft tone could also portray fear due to the fact that males are the physically and financially stronger gender. Females are afraid that males would physically hurt the females when they are provoked. In addition, women in a stereotypical society are expected to be totally dependent in their male counterparts. Women are expected to do the housework while the male earns money to financial support his family. Due to the fact that women are totally dependent on males, they will try their best to not offend the male as they are unable to provide for themselves.

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