Throughout The Hunger Games trilogy, we see a multitude of different gender relations. We see different relations in The Capitol then in the districts, and for both we are able to relate them to our lives today. We also see the role that romance plays throughout the book, not only with Katniss and Peeta, but also with her family and relationships in The Capitol.
In the Capitol, there aren’t too many differences in gender roles between males and females. Both males and females go through surgical procedures to change their skin color or face shape or any other aspect of their body that they wish, and they believe it makes them beautiful. Also, in the second and third books we learn that Finnick Odair has many different lovers and admirers in The Capitol. We learn that he has spent his time with women and men throughout The Capitol. This further erases the differences in gender roles, since in our society we see men who spend their time with other men as homosexual, yet in The Capitol it is very normal for people to spend their time with whichever gender they please.
In the districts, there also isn’t a large distinction between gender roles for males and females. All members of the districts wear the same bland clothing, and the women don’t wear makeup or try to better their looks for the men. In Dr. Raley’s lecture, we focused a lot on Katniss’s gender roles throughout the games. We noticed that she does not wear makeup, nor does she really pay attention to her appearance. At home, she takes on the role of the caretaker once her father is killed in the mining accident. She hunts, sells and provides for her family, which is normally the male’s job in most other families. Through this, Katniss takes on some masculine traits. Another masculine trait that she takes on is not wanting to marry and have children. Women are expected to want to get married and create a family and cook and clean for them. Katniss does not want any of this, and in turn takes on this masculine character trait.
In the lecture, we talked about how Katniss has some feminine traits as well as masculine traits. We see the love that Katniss has for her sister, and she shows this openly. While Katniss is a hunter, which is a masculine trait, she hunts with a bow and arrow, which is a very feminine hunting tool. We also see Katniss embrace more feminine traits when she is around Peeta and performing for The Capitol. She lets him take control and takes on the feminine role in their relationship.
It is very interesting to see the differences between our culture and gender roles and Panem and its gender roles. We learned that each culture “does gender” differently. Even throughout our own culture there is variation in gender, and we see this in differences between The Capitol and the districts even though they are one country. It is very interesting to learn about the way gender roles are constructed in certain societies, and shattered in others.
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