One of the most influential writers Adrienne Rich once said, “She is afraid that her own truths are not good enough.” Adrienne Rich talks about women’s role and issues in her essay called “Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying”. She describes how women during the 1977 lied about everything. They lied about their appearance, their job, their happiness, and even about their relationship. Adrienne Rich is one of the most powerful writers, who identifies herself as lesbian feminists. Her work has been acknowledged and appreciated mainly in her poems. Throughout her decades of work as a writer-activist, Rich uses essays, speeches, and conference papers, magazine, articles book reviews, and personal reflection to articulate with stunning complexity issues of women’s freedom, individual identify and their roles in society. In her essay “Women and Honor: Some Notes of Lying” she articulate that women lie because of patriarchy and should be more truthful; however I partially agree and disagree with her statement. I believe that women today, in 2009 are more independent, self aware, and are careless about their surroundings and who they please.
As time passes things change such as: people, society, beliefs, stereotypes, discrimination. It wasn’t until the Feminist Movement, or also known as Women Movement Act that led women to have the courage to stand up for what they believed in. The first Feminism Movement Act was during the 18th through early 20th centuries, which dealt mainly with the suffrage movement. The second Feminism Movement Act was during the 1960s and 1980s,
which dealt with gender inequality in laws and culture. The third Feminism Movement Act was from 1990 to current, which is seen as both a continuation and a response to the previous failurs of the first and second Feminism Movement act. During the 1977, Rich states in her essay that women are forced to lie in order to be able to fit in. She believes that the difficulties and the struggle that women had to face in order to please their husband and patriarchy was and is ridiculous:
“Women’s honor, something altogether else: virginity chastity, fidelity to a husband. Honesty in women has not been considered important. We have been depicted as generically whimsical, deceitful, subtle, vacillating, and we have been rewarded for lying.” 413.
Rich believes that women lose their honor and respect as soon as they feel threatened with losing their husband or man. She feels that women should have enough respect for themselves to be able to express how they feel truthfully and not worry about pleasing others.
“I come back to the question of women’s honor. Truthfulness has not been considered important for women, as long as we have remained physically faithful to a man, or chaste.” 415.
She believes that: “Women have always lied to each other”, and “women have always whispered the truth to each other.” Stating the fact that...