The Yorker Scoop
THE HOMICIDE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE BY PALOMA OROZCO
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK 1954
TENANTS AND FEMINIST CRITICISM
L.B. Jefferies is a photographer who is temporarily confined to a wheelchair due to taking an action shot during a race in which his leg was broken. Jefferies views women such as Lisa as too good for him. At first, Jefferies seems to view women as a want rather a necessity, but later views Lisa as a good fit to accompany him in an adventurous life. Jefferies views feminism as somewhat overwhelming considering he believes Lisa's lifestyle is too grand for him, but later realizes she complements his lifestyle.
LISA CAROL FREMONT
Lisa is an adventurous, successful socialite, and hopeless romantic woman. In Lisa's world men and women are viewed as equals. Although she appears to have the upperhand during an argument with unrequited lover, L.B. Jefferies, in which she leaves him. She later shows Jefferies that she is an equal when she takes on the risky mission to go inside Thorwald's apartment to find evidence of Thorwald's wife's homicide.
In Thorwald's world women are seen as property. Thorwald proves this by murdering his wife. Instead of leaving her and allowing her to continue living her life however she pleases, he decides to murder her and then dump her corpse in a river which portrays that he didn't value his spouse by any means.
LISA CAROL FREMONT
FEMINISM TODAY AND IN THE 1950s
1950's: In the 1950's feminism began to progress, before the 1950's sending information pertaining to birth control was a federal crime. Drastic changes involving employment also occurred during this time period. Due to many men who were deployed overseas for war, women took over the roles of men in the workforce while they were gone. Although Feminist literature had existed before the 1950's, two important pieces of feminist literary pieces were published during this time which covered many topics including the vast desire of many women who wanted to obtain higher education and work as opposed to being confined to a household.
Today/1950s: Although feminism in the 1950's seems relatively different to today's feminism in my opinion, employment equality has remained the same. In today's society women are no longer expected to be "housewives", and typically work the same amount of hours as any man would. Although you probably won't find many women in the construction industry, there are a number of women who do work in industries that are mostly composed of male workers. In comparison, back then women mostly fought for voting rights, now feminists protest in streets while flashing their breasts or thighs in efforts to refute the idea that women who are raped are the "ones who ask for it" by appearing provocative.