Since “Created He Them” by Alice Eleanor Jones, was told from the woman’s perspective it shows you the inner angst that women had towards suppressive men during the uprising of feminism.  I went back and forth with my emotions towards Ann Crothers and her situation.  The way that Ann goes as far as to know exactly what pitch her voice needs to be in, in order for her ‘husband’ to come down for breakfast with the least amount of hassle possible evokes a lot of sympathy for Ann from the reader.  The relationship she has with her husband is so emotionally and even physically abusive when she mentions that she’s worried he might hit her after he demands for sex at the end.  The fact that she has only 3 cigarettes rationed for her daily, and that her neighborhood is so poor, including her living without sufficient electricity and the like makes you pity her.  At first I felt enraged with the behavior of the husband, however, you have to consider the role of Ann as well. It is her fault that she didn’t get the hell out of that situation like she expressed so much how she wanted to.  I believe that this is the author commenting on how people tend to stay in relationships where they feel trapped.  Here they are both trapped by role in society, but Jones is also showing the cycle of an abusive relationship.

1)       The submission of women to men because they are ‘more powerful and the leaders of the house.’

2)       “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” –JFK

I found myself concentrating on two main points in the short story; both are illustrated above.  The first I follow through most of the story up until Ann bursts out at her husband exclaiming how the bonus that they will get from her pregnancy should not go into stocks, but instead to the welfare of the family.  “Don’t talk to me about the future, Henry Crothers! I want my future now.” (74 Larbalestier). There was quite a bit of empowerment in that little speech and the reply of her husband telling her that she almost looks pretty when she’s angry is ridiculously frustrating and reminded me of every situation I have been in with someone that pessimistic and egotistical.  Her threat to kill him because she is bigger, his return of a laugh, and her remark about how handsome he was when he laughed, led to her final submission of the story where she would soon find herself in bed with her husband.  Being that this couple is one of the few that can reproduce ‘normal’ children, the government has put them together for the purpose of procreation (my second point).  Her submission in the end, and remarks about why she cannot wish either of them dead because they have to live, is a politically driven message critiquing the extent people should stretch themselves for the benefit of others.  Ann, and her husband for that matter, is living in a hostile environment, unhappy and discontent with their lives and their future (or lack thereof).  The worry of the husband (simulating the government?) has a main focus of money and building for the future.  What about now?  What about happiness in the moment?  Why can’t someone shake the Earth a little and branch away from the path they are expected to take?  Maybe this is Jones asking women, how long do we have to live within ourselves before we’re able to break into the world as people that can live for the sake of living in happiness instead of living for the sake of what others think we should be.  In the story, it is made clear that the woman cannot drive, are bound to the kitchen and are good for little more than sex.

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