One conflict in the text is that of equal rights women don’t have in society. In the beginning of second chapter, the character Firdaus’ goes through female genital modification or mutilation at the hands of her mother and another elder woman in her community. This was due in part of her inquiring about her father, “,,,I asked my mother about him. How was it that she given birth to me without a father? First she beat me.
She quotes, "It's bad enough to be a girl, anyway, when I like boys' games and work and manners! I can't get over my disappointment in not being a boy…" (13). -Jo felt as though she did not fit into the "stereotypical norm" for woman in the mid-18th century and since she didn't, she wanted to be a boy. I'll try and be what he loves to call me, `a little woman' and not be rough and wild, but do my duty
The Phenomenology of the American Woman: Past and Present Howard L. Bethany Liberty University HSER 509, B05 Multicultural Issues in Human Services July 10, 2011 Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore and to educate others on how sex and the female gender role have perpetrated oppression on the American woman. This paper crosses racial and ethnicity lines as it relates the true phenomenology of women through the conception and the growing pains of a young nation. An examination of Scriptural passages unfolds so that one can establish knowledge of how their ancestors translated the verses pertaining to women. It will also provide the reader a chance to analyze their perception of the Scriptures as they scrutinize their worldview on the woman’s place in society. Most of all it dramatizes the oppression that has continued throughout the history of the woman.
Another coinciding element found in Medea was vengeance. She seeks out the one who hurt her and did whatever she could to make sure he felt worse than she ever did, even at the expense of her own children. While both women crave independence, they are denied the environment in which to successfully follow through with this need. In each of the stories one can feel a sense of sympathy for each woman because they were not raised to survive successfully in their respective societies. Neither were able to deal with relationships, and rely instead on their innermost qualities of their character to get through.
Marian said she felt fortunate to have found refuge. On the other hand, Nadia was 17 years old, her husband cut off her nose and ear while she was sleeping, she has undergone six operations and need more. Nadia said "I don't know anything about happiness". Another girl Gulsum, was kidnapped by her father, who was estranged from her mother, was forced to marry the son of her father's lover. Her husband and her mother- in- law beat her and threatened to kill
In the book Women and the Family in Rural Taiwan, Margery Wolf discusses how girls are treated as burdens as soon as they are born. The inferiority of females compared to males can be seen early through the mother because “if the child was born a boy, only the mother was unclean,” (57) whereas if the child was a girl, both the mother and child would be considered unclean and dangerous to others. It is strange how a society which revolves around giving birth to a son considers the actual act of giving birth dirty and unclean. What seems like an occasion for celebration and support for the mother who just gave birth; she is shunned from the outside world for a month, even going to the extreme of carrying an umbrella or wearing a large hat if she absolutely has to leave her house. Even if a woman has fulfilled her duty as a female to give birth to a son, she is still not congratulated or given the respect as she has done only what she is expected to do as a female.
Even though the societies that practice circumcision can be very different, in each one the majority of females get little to no education and are simply looked upon as child bearers. In some communities, the husband's family pays a bride price to the family of the woman to be married which gives his family the right to her labor and her children unfortunately she has no right to or control over either. For example, in Somalia the husband's family may have the right to inspect the bride's body prior to marriage, if they wish or are skeptical and the mothers usually check their mutilated daughters to make sure that they are still sealed up. This practice is not meant to be harmful, but to ensure their daughter is pure so that the family is able to receive the bride price. In many cultures, pressure is put on
She slept with her parents and brothers and sisters in one room. She had to quit school in the seventh grade to care for her sickly younger brothers” (11). He describes the types of hardships that many families face, even families that are born into the United States. No one is above facing these trials, poverty is not prejudice nor biased. He also implies of a life that he seems to find happiness and contentment with.
If Mainini had any ideals as a young woman, little reference is made to them. Instead she takes on the role of the supressed woman – supressed by a community that expected her to marry, and be submissive to her lazy husband, but also suppressed by a culture where a women’s needs were secondary to that of her husband and family. Mainini has long since accepted this fate as her reality, and encourages Tambu to do the same. Mainini’s only hope lies in her children, especially her male children, and with the death of Tambu’s brother, Nhamo, a piece of Mainini dies too. In contrast to Mainini, Tambu’s aunt, Maiguru, within the same culture, rose above her circumstances.
I assume that she wants a divorce from her husband but because of the role that society has placed on her, but she is unable to get one because she is very dependent on him. It sounds to me that she is jealous of her male friend who is looking for another wife. It was him and his situation that she was thinking of that brought her to the conclusion that she herself wants a wife. Her situation leads me to believe that during this time in history women were not meant to show signs of aggression, jealousy, or anger because it was a mans world. In Brady’s eyes a wife is a basically a slave at home who cannot have a life of her own.