No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~Eleanor Roosevelt
It is no hidden concept that in most society’s around the world, women are perceived as being inferior to men. In Roland Rugero’s novel, Baho!, this theme is heavily portrayed throughout. In one instance, a woman is kicked out by her husband, due to him viewing her as being “too tall.” The scene then describes her husband replacing her with a shorter, and assumingly younger, woman. This image mirrors events that happen daily within our culture, as women continuously fear how their physical bodies will be perceived by men.
As well as this, Rugero highlights the societal depictions of women often times being viewed as objects, rather than as human beings. One particular scene describes a woman having just been raped, and rather than feeling concern for the woman, they are displeased that she has now been tainted, and is, therefore, less valuable to become a bride one day.
In his novel, Rugero represents women in a painfully, yet honest way, shedding the light of a problem that has been around for generations, and continues to thrive in our media today. By doing this, it is hoped that those who read it will see the ways in which women are treated and represented within this text and look for similar representations of it within our own culture.
In our culture, there is no doubt that women are becoming stronger–doing things that years ago were thought to never be possible. However, as represented in Baho!, there are still many hierarchical differences of gender within our society, leading to the underlying and everpresent insecurities that women hold in viewing themselves. As technology grows, and images of the ‘ideal woman’ carry on, women will continue to alter their appearances in the hopes of gaining the acceptance from others–continuously using plastic surgery, intense and unrealistic diets, and other unhealthy motives. From viewing this novel, each individual reader will recognize the problems within our society and be more apt to speaking up and out against these stereotypes.