February 6, 2018 § Leave a comment
Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 book is awesome, I just finished reading it today. On the intersection between patriarchy and colonialism, and their similarities; if you buy into the system you might get certain opportunities to move ahead but at the same time will be subordinated and psychologically damaged in the process; if you resist it is quite likely you will be crushed. On the final page of the novel Dangarembga says it was about four women but does not name which characters she has in mind; I’m not 100% sure I know which women are included in her four and which are not, because it seems to me that five women are central to the novel’s plot. But one of those does not stand up against patriarchy and colonialism at all, so perhaps the book is about the four who do, and how they are positioned differently, which means their experiences are different to each other, while at the same time they face similar challenges because they are all African women facing a patriarchal-colonial system which pushes down on them.
Oh, and today marks 100 years since women got the vote in the UK.
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