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The Time Factor – Summary | Major English Class 12

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Gloria SteinemMajor English | Notes
Summary of “The Time Factor”
Major (Optional) English
Class: 12 | Unit: Encounter
Gloria Steinem

`The main thesis of Gloria Steinem’s essay “The Time Factor” is that our sense of time is partly a function of power or lack of it. Time-sense is always governed by power- either monetary power or social power. Planning ahead depends on class, sex and caste.

The rich and the middle class plan for the future generations while the poor plan for a week or a few days. Women also can not plan ahead as they are dominated by men. Even well-to-do women have to adjust their life according to the life of their husband and children. Females are powerless in the society so they also only plan for few days. They live in flux, present and uncertainty. Even some feminists only look at their painful past and do not focus on future. Women are limited to day to day existence. While men always live in dreamy future without living in the day to day present. The Blacks who are socially and culturally powerless also can not plan for the future. A black, successful journalist and critic also could not plan beyond one assignment.

Important Questions:

  • How do you interpret Steinem’s thesis that your sense of time is partly a function of power, or the lack of it?”
  • How does Steinem differentiate the future planning, which is ‘culturally masculine habit of planning’, to women’s plans for future in the essay?
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