hi there, I currently am doing an assignment for extension english which involes writing an essay on the roles of 'Gender and Sexism' in the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray", if anyone has any information on this I would be very grateful thanks :D
It doesn't actually exist in the novel but in the 1945 film adaptation it has Dorian 'test' the virtues of his would-be bride, Sibyl by threatening to leave her if she won't sleep with him. When she relents he decides she's not as pure as he thought and he dumps her. This perpetuates the 'morality' that if a women sleeps with a man before marriage she is considered a woman of little virtues yet the standard is not the same for men.
In the novel Lord Henry makes flippant comments such as 'Women are always so practical.' It's not exactly a negative definition.
For a man of the Victorian era Oscar Wilde was very liberal with his views of gender and sex as well as sexuality.
thankyou so much..this really helps =)