Forever a Women or Forever an Object?

Women have always been just objects to men. Women are adored for their bodies and idolized from sex. But, has anyone ever thought there is more to a women than just their body?

Obviously, some men do not think in this way but, then again some do. Two novels come to mind when thinking of the mistreatment of women, Baho! and Tram 83. But, what do these novels have in common other than the mistreatment of women? A male dominated society.

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In Baho!, women are stared at, raped, flirted with and many other actions that can make a women feel as if they do not matter or if they are nothing better than just a body. Men in the novel honestly just do not care, they pretend to care. But, that is most likely the extent to which they will be “caring” for  women.

In Tram 83 most women are prostitutes. The common saying “Do you have the time?” is something that almost every women uses to get the attention of a man. Tram 83 is also in a male dominated society.

These two novels have a lot of similarities in women being lesser than men. In my opinion both of these novels being that way play an important part in learning why women are treated like this. There is the obvious that some men feel they are superior to women. But also the fact that men think that all a women has to offer is their body. In Tram 83 that is very apparent when these women are walking around basically asking for attention and getting denied by some.

humanWomen may always be just objects but, maybe they won’t. It depends on the person and their views of this situation. As far as the novels their opinions are very straight forward. The mistreatment of women is a huge problem in western culture, and around the world.

 

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The Modern Day Women

How are women supposed to be treated? Do you think that all women are treated as equally as men are? Are women just objects? These are all questions being asked by women and men all over the world. Are women actually just objects? The answer is, absolutely not. Women deserve to be just as respected as men do in modern day. The novel, Baho! is a perfect example of how women are mistreated and looked at as just objects.

This novel has many different instances where women are looked at as property and shown to have no value. Men have no filter in this novel either. Men think they are better than women and that is why they have the right to say and do whatever they want with women. “There! Look at the ass on that women! You might even say it was tender Shishiro, the well endowed. May God preserve her! One rope, and make it a good one!” (p.45).

Men can be in any conversation with any person and stop half way through to just look at a women and say whatever they want. No matter how rude or perverted it may be they still feel as though they deserve this and they are superior. These men in the novel will treat a girl with no respect, say whatever they want to women and hit women without a care in the world. Truthfully, in modern day this would not fly, and it doesn’t.

Women in modern times are more vocal about these issue which is very important. Women should be speaking their minds more and telling men that this is not okay.

Men should know to refrain from making an object out of a women.

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However, the problem is not that easily fixed. Some men, in my opinion, will never understand this and continue to belittle women as if all men are superior and women should know better than to speak against a man.

What you are and always will be

“for dust you are, and to dust you will return”(Mujila p.182). When you are in a certain group people will have a certain impression of you. When you are dust, you are not really important at all. You could fly away in the wind and no one would ever even notice. Fiston Mwanza Mujila is the author of the novel Tram 83 and has done a great job of showing that black culture is very similar to that of the dust you see everyday.

The novel takes place in Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the story is told by the main characters, Requiem and Lucien. They always seem to find themselves at this place called Tram 83. Tram 83 was always filled with different kinds of busgirls and prostitutes. “First night at Tram 83; Night of debauchery, night of boozing, night of beggary, night of premature ejaculation, night of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, night of prostitution, night of getting by, night of dancing and dancing…”(Mujila p.6). Tram 83 is always filled with some very interesting things and people all of the time.

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Knowing this about the book most of the characters were from the Democratic Republic of Congo and had black skin. They all live in a town where mining is the main job and most people live and die in a mine. With this in mind it brings us back to the thought of being as insignificant as dust in the wind. Just another person to come work in the mine and just another person to die just the same.

Black culture in the novel is directly related to the fact that blacks are very looked down upon, especially in Congo. People from America think that the Congo is a disease ridden land of death. Which in most cases is not true. Blackness is directly related to death and poverty.

Mujila does a great job of incorporating a lot of stereotypes into the novel to make this idea of black culture seem very real. Going back to the point of dust and blackness being that dust. Especially in the Congo where mining is the most popular job for the blacks as well. This is where they will live and die and nobody will really care either.

Breaking Borders and Barriers

Signs Preceding the End of the World is a novel about a young women named Makina. She breaks barriers of the normal story with a male main character. She is a badass strong women, which is contrary to most novels that we have all read in our lives. America is a country where people have a lot of money and poverty is a real thing that is happening here. However, people who think they have it bad in America may never know how bad it is in other countries.

Makina comes from an run down town where poverty is prevalent. Male dominance is very strong and an obvious characteristic of her town. Male dominance is prevalent in American society as well. I feel like with a strong female main character this can show people that women are more than just an object.

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In the novel, Makina is faced with a decision when she is confronted by a man that touches her. Makina being the strong female character that she is basically breaks his finger and tells him to never talk to her ever again. In society today, some men feel as though they are dominant to females. Male dominance has been around forever, in stories, movies, television, and really anything.

Makina being a main character and almost like the “hero” of the novel, rather than a man, really shows a lot. Thats why I think that Makina is not only crossing borders but, breaking them as well.

Are We Human? Or Are We Animals?

Are humans different than animals? Or are we just a different type of animal? Humans are compared to animals and it is thought to be disrespectful. Animalistic characteristics are shown through out the text in Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s UtopiaUtopia is a book that shows the future and how two different groups of humans are separated and how they live in complete opposite world.

“The sheep that thinks becomes a danger to itself and others” (p.84). This is my first example of people being treated like animals. Sheep will all do exactly the same thing every other sheep around them is doing. So basically, this quote is saying that as soon as one person does something everyone else will follow. It becomes too self aware and others soon will follow and that can get the sheep in trouble.

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Animals in this book are looked at as wild and untamed. When compared to people in this society it makes them seem as if they are all untamed animals. Not only just the Others, but also the ones who live in Utopia. Even the people who are said to live perfect lives are seen as animals in their own ways. I think this also relates to modern day. The book takes place in the near future so, it is not very far off from where we may be today. Also, who knows, this could be how we do live in the near future, like animals fighting to survive. So I ask again, are we human? Or are we animals?