1). Do you think Alix Kates Shulman's marriage agreement is a good idea--why or why not? What do you agree with and what do you disagree with? How does she claim it saved her marriage and her career?
I think the marriage agreement idea is good because it does give a good structure to avoid complications. If you lay it all out and find balance things can be better understood organized, and respected. No one has to feel like a stay at home parent who doesn’t get to live their life and there isn’t any sexism, it provides equality in a marriage.
I think it’s a great idea to even everything out between husband and wife so that one person isn’t put at a disadvantage in life. I agree that the ...view middle of the document...
Edelman wanted to maintain family values so she simply told her husband her feelings while Schulman basically made a structured list that she wanted to reach an agreement with her husband with in fixing her marriage.
3). In the movie, Far From Heaven, how do the characters cope with maintaining their gender roles and responsibilities within their families?
The movie had an interesting dynamic of characters maintaining responsibilities and gender roles. Frank was homosexual but instead of openly embracing it he was inconspicuous. He knew that living that lifestyle would mean he’s have to divorce his wife and maybe ruin his reputation at work. By hiding it he tried to keep his responsibilities within his family by being the breadwinner and father who was there for his kids instead of a man who had to leave his family and be with another man. He also tried to maintain his gender role by trying his hardest to ignore his feelings and act as if he was attracted to Cathy and go to therapy.
Cathy was a stay at home wife and maintained that responsibility. Even when things got rough she pretended as if everything was good, especially when she caught him with a man and when he hit her. She was more concerned with being the perfect mother and wife and protecting society’s family values so she hid the flaws in her marriage. Divorce is something difficult and they both wanted to seem fine to the outside people to avoid the ugly realities that come with being divorced, people judge, marriage failed, and children have difficulty coping with it.
4). What is the movie ultimately saying about race, class, and sexuality? What is its message--is it...