While reading Not So Quiet I noticed many parallels between this book and the last book we read. One thing that really stuck out to me was how similar the women were acting compared to the men. It struck me how some of the women in this novel talked about how they were trying to keep their femininity. One particular example of this is when Helen decides not to cut her hair short. She was willing to suffer from the itchiness of the lice rather than feel the wrath from her mother about having short hair. I find this ironic because in a sense the women have lost their femininity due to how they act. In the last book the men told dirty stories, cursed a lot, and rebelled when they had the chance to. These women are doing the same thing. The are doing what is perceived as very masculine things and on top of that it is made very clear how they rarely take baths and sleep in their filth. We would not associate these attributes to what the social standards of femininity is.