Wilson’s depiction of women in the city

The original idea of the Spinx was a an Egyptian mythical creature, who was half women, half lion. The Sphinx has classically represented a mysteriousness that challenges man. For example, the Sphinx in Oedipus Rex who presents a riddle that makes the person who solves it king. When Wilson asserts that women have become a sphinx in the city, she is referring to the problems women create when they freely roam public spaces. Just as the Sphinx challenges man, Wilson illustrates that women challenge the patriarchal society that once ruled New York. Wilson believes that the irruption in the city is that women are challenging the “nostalgia for patriarchalism that I found suffocating” (9). The symptom of disorder is one that affects men, “but does not so much disturb women.” Wilson believes that while this is a problem, its important to fully understand it and address it in positive ways.

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  1.   adavison on November 27th, 2010

    The original idea of the Spinx was a an Egyptian mythical creature, who was half women, half lion. The Sphinx has classically represented a mysteriousness that challenges man. GOOD. For example, the Sphinx in Oedipus Rex who presents a riddle that makes the person who solves it king. SENTENCE FRAGMENT.
    When Wilson asserts that women have become a sphinx in the city, she is referring to the problems women create when they freely roam public spaces. Just as the Sphinx challenges man, Wilson illustrates that women challenge the patriarchal society that once ruled New York. NEW YORK–OR URBAN SPACE MORE GENERALLY? Wilson believes that the irruption in the city is that women are challenging the “nostalgia for patriarchalism that I found suffocating” (9). YOU’VE INTRODUCED THREE THINGS, EACH OF WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE DISCUSSED: WHAT IS SPHINX-LIKE ABOUT WOMEN IN THE CITY (BASED ON YOUR DEFINITION OF THE SPHINX)? WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS DOES HER PRESENCE CREATE IN THE CITY? WHY DOES THIS CHALLENGE PATRIARCHALISM? (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU’D NEED TO EXPLAIN WHAT PATRIARCHALISM IS.)
    The symptom of disorder is one that affects men, “but does not so much disturb women.” THIS IS A RELATED CLAIM, AND WOULD NEED TO BE EXPLORED AS WELL. Wilson believes that while this is a problem, its important to fully understand it and address it in positive ways.

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