LeÓn, Concepción De. “In Praise of Julia Alvarez.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 June 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/books/in-praise-of-julia-alvarez.html.
This article is about a family to leave the DR to escape Rafael Trujillo. The article speaks about how the sisters were considered revolutionary heroes who had opposed the fought against Trujillo. It talked about how the rules were strict for the girls on the Island, and how the DR were worried that they were going to lose their girls to America. I guess this goes into the idea of possession. How the men wanted to keep the women to themselves for their own personal desires.
Nwanevu, Osita. “In the First Forty-Eight Hours of the New Congress, a Mixed Triumph for Nancy Pelosi.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2019, www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/in-the-first-forty-eight-hours-of-the-new-congress-a-mixed-triumph-for-nancy-pelosi.
This article was about Nancy Pelosi to be the first women speaker in the house of representatives and the people that were voting for her. This made a huge impact because women never get as much recognition and able to hold that much power and its sad in our society and country as a whole and she represents females in today's society. But they are basically saying that she is a great person and women and a mother of 5 kids. This is connected to our book because the women at the time didn't hold such spaces either and the dictator Trujillo had relationships with any women he wanted and killed anyone who spoke of him badly.
Roberson, Blythe. “Disney Princes Reimagined as Feminist Allies.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2017, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/20/disney-princes-reimagined-as-feminist-allies
This article went over different Disney movies and the common theme that the storyline is revolved around a male character. In a way, this relates to my novel since each of the characters have a love interest and the main conflicts are regarding those relationships. Something that the author of this article tried to accomplish is switching the place of the princes of the movies into making them feminists. This is where they tackle the typical male ideology and instead are imagined to say things that are the opposite of the typical stereotypes. This brings up the question of how the plot of the story would be if the male characters were feminists since the characters of ¨In the Time of the Butterflies¨ have that mindset of women doing domestic roles and being there for physical appearance. Something that the book does is show the rebellious side from these women whether it is fighting for their political beliefs, it shows that women do have power. In a sense, both of these writings have a similar goal to tackle the stereotypes that are placed upon women.
Schulman, Michael. “The 2018 Golden Globes: Oprah Leads a Decisive Feminist Takeover.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2018, www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-2018-golden-globes-oprah-leads-a-decisive-feminist-takeover.
This article was about the female presence at the 2018 Golden Globes. A lot of the women wore black and a #MeToo pin to show their solidarity with the victims of sexual violence. I associated the solidarity in this movement to the solidarity shown in our novel. Through the feminist lens, I saw that a lot of the men in the story look down on the women for speaking up for themselves and how they believe the country should be run. It was as if a woman was not smart enough to give her opinion on government or Trujillo. But it seems like the women feel stronger when they have people to stand with them and go against the higher power.
Tunzelmann, Alex von. “Reel History | In the Time of the Butterflies: Feisty but It Doesn't Really Fly.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 18 Mar. 2010, www.theguardian.com/film/2010/mar/18/reel-history-salma-hayek.
The lens that we chose to focus our book, In the Time of the Butterflies, was the feminist lens. The main point of this article was writing what happens throughout the whole movie, while bringing up how it relates to the book. There is also a part where she explains the final scene that may have triggered Trujillo's response/attitude towards the Mirabal family. There's also a part brought up that explains that the movie chose to portray Minerva as more sassy and less upfront than she really was in the actual novel. This provides more insight to our novel and literary lens because it seems that the producer thought it'd be more appealing to make Minerva seem less outspoken in the film. It was a creative decision to make her seem like since Trujillo is chasing after her, instead of rejecting her and her saying that she doesn't believe in his political views, she just reacts in a "feminine" way by smacking him. The movie should've shown how much of an activist she really was and how she wants to make a change.