Proper Library Themes

Carolyn Ferrell
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Gender Roles and Stereotypes

Gender roles in Lorrie's world are very narrowly defined, and the penalties for violating their boundaries are harsh. Men are not allowed to express tender emotions or vulnerability, and they regard women, at least outwardly, as second-class citizens valuable mainly for sex and childrearing. This dynamic is illustrated most vividly in the relationship between Lorrie's sister Lula Jean and her husband Tommy. Tommy clearly loves Lula Jean; when he kisses her “he searches into Lula Jean's face for whole minutes,” and he tells Lorrie, “This is what love should be.” Still, this attachment does not stop him from bringing home a strange woman and then lamenting later that “b——es out here nowadays” do not appreciate the things he does for them. Similarly, Joe Smalls' girlfriend Tareen stays up late doing his homework (even though she no longer goes to school because she is caring...

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