sexism in 1984hi i am studying for some important exams and would really appreciate anyone that has an views or opinions on how/where sexism or sexist themes occur in george orwells 1984. thanks!  

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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When I first read 1984, I was struck by how assertive a character Julia is. It is she, after all, who initiates the relationship with Winston, and she already has a fully developed set of political principles before he even speaks to her. In some ways she is a lot like Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Just about everyone is subjugated in this novel.  Now that you mention it, I wonder if Big Brother is always male.  Is it possible that sometimes they have a Big Sister?  Somehow that doesn't sound as frightening.  I guess it's the lack of alliteration.  It could be sexism!

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The idea of patriarchy seems fairly strong in 1984, especially with the figure of Big Brother. One way to get specific with this theme is to ask - Are there any female figures of power in the novel?

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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As post 2 says, there are no females that have a powerful figure in the novel.

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