Abortion is among the safest medical procedures in the United States. Yet, myths about its safety abound. False Witnesses reveals the individuals behind these lies. Growing up, I witnessed the relationship between my white father and my Kenyan and Indian mother.
Exploring women's issues is a consistent characteristic in Alice Walker's thematic writing scheme in her novels, essays, and poems. Walker employs the relationship between Celie and Shug Avery in The Color Purple to explore the nature of a lesbian relationship in the midst of a patriarchal driven society.
This gives the text a perspective that falls within the realm of Showalter's gynocentric sphere of the feminine experience while giving leeway to interpretation from a Queer literary perspective. By utilizing the epistolary technique with Celie and Shug's female characters in The Color Purple, Walker is able to illustrate the African American lesbian experience in an oppressive society, explore abuses to African American women, explore varying perspectives of lesbianism, and illustrate the perseverance of the African American feminine nature within Showalter's gynocentric Y zone of experience.
Feminist and Queer Theory In Feminism Meets Queer Theory, Elizabeth Weed asserts that evaluating literature that incorporates marginalized characters and their sexualities has to encompass a varying perspective that takes the discourse of marginality into account. Regarding Black female sexualities, Weed states that readers must bring reading strategies to the surface of their critiques that reveal the impact that marginality has on sexuality.
She also asserts that Black female sexuality has to be viewed from a different perspective than White female sexuality when associated with discourse of marginality asserting that dominant discourse will vary from marginalized discourse.
Using this perspective, Weed views the Black female sexuality in The Color Purple as aligning with both lesbian and heterosexual sexual desire Contrary to Weeds assertion is the fact that Celie does not have a sexual relationship with a male that aligns with her sexual desire for Shug.
Furthermore, in seeking sexual openness outside of her marriage, she does not align herself with any other male for sexual contentment.
When she does have sex with Mr. Shug has to grow into attachment to males in the heterosexual sense, and before she does, she does not possess the attachment to her male partners in the true sense of hegemonic heterosexuality.
As a matter of fact, she is referred to as a slut in terms of the hegemonic heterosexual world, and the fact that she has control of her own sexuality is unacceptable in the male dominated hetero world. Shug and Celie Source The Epistolary Form At the beginning of the novel, Celie is portrayed as a young girl who has absolutely no say over her life.
Her father determines when she has sex for the first time by rapping her, so the experience of self-sexual exploration is stolen from Celie.
The right to protest her rape is taken from her because her mother is sick, so she does not want to cause her any pain. Therefore, Walker has to find a way to give Celie a voice within the chaos of her life.
By utilizing the epistolary form, Walker gives Celie a voice and a form of protest to the oppressive conditions of her life. Within the context of letter writing, Celie is able to express how she feels without the physical abuse that is connected to her even expressing an opinion.
When she initially arrives at Mr. This is the first time that she expresses any dissent with that which she is instructed to do, and she is immediately physically punished for it.
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