Critics of Kate Chopin's The Awakening tend to read the novel as the dramatization of a woman's struggle to achieve selfhood--a struggle doomed to failure either because the patriarchal conventions of her society restrict her freedom,(2) or because the ideal of selfhood that she pursue is a masculinely
defined one that allows for none of the physical and undeniable claims which maternity makes upon women.
Sanaa brought the intensity that those athletes have,'' he says appreciatively, then adds masculinely
, ``but when we did our scenes, y'know, I ain't losing.
But, circularly, the "male"--first the male member, then the hand--is altered into its opposite gender, then back again: The hand, usually acting as female organ, here masculinely
"feminizes" the male organ and then is explicitly associated with the female.
The main character does not become a Colonel Bullitt, or any other of those hard-edged, masculinely
graphic names, but Judge Gamaliel Bland Honeywell, suggesting he is game, bland, and a well-of-honey.
He said so masculinely
and caringly: "Animals do it in the open air, so why shouldn't we?