Christianna Haas and Nicole Messer
Women have struggled at home and in society with simple tasks since the early dynasties of the world.
At home, women are expected to do the cleaning, cooking, and any other whim head of the household, or the husband, may have.
Women have had struggles to get jobs, vote, and wear certain clothing.
In the Bile, Eve, represtenting all women, is deemed as sinful for taking the apple from the tree. It has also been interpreted that because she was made from Adam's rib, women are "endebted" to men for giving them life. Greek philosophers also thought women were the imperfect version of women.
Oppression of women in Tribal culture
This custom is as alive today as it was 100 years ago in many cultures across Africa.
“You seem to forget that I bought you! I own you. Your duty is to look after my children, cook for me, and do what I say” (Mathabane 176)
In a man's mind, women were specifically used for cooking, cleaning, producing offspring and raising the children. Nothing more. No work, or anything else involving them in society. Because she was also owned, Mark's mother couldn't escape her husband's abuse and was trapped in their marriage.
·“’One, there are better things for you to work for’, he said. ‘Besides, I don’t want you to work. How would it look to other men if you, the woman I owned, were to start working?’” (Mathabane 132).
In society, women struggled getting jobs. Mr. Mathabane didn't want her to get a job because it would directly reflect on him. We see again here that women are more objects in a man's mind, and for a wife to start working would mean that the man of the household was not providing enough for his family, making him directly look inferior to his working "property".
“’My boy’, he began, ‘who is the ruler of this house?’ ’You are, papa,’ I said with a trembling voice.’ ’Whose son are you?’ ‘Yours and mama’s.’ ‘Whose?’ ‘Yours.’ ‘That’s better…’” (Mathabane 34).
"He continues launching a tirade of obscenities at my mother and her mother, calling them whores and bitches and so on" (Mathabane 131)
“'From now on, I want no one to go near that damn tent.'" My mother did not argue; she knew my father well enough not to” (Mathabane 60).
1. How does gender inequality hinder the development of third-world countries?
2. Which gender deals with more stress and fear on a daily basis?
3. Is there a relationship between religion and gender inequality?
4. What are some examples of gender equality in our current society?
5. How does the oppression of women differ in Kaffir Boy and In the Time of the Butterflies?
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. New York: Macmillan, 1986. Print.