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Mernissi seemed to have a happy childhood Shespoke fondly of many of the memories she shared in Dreams of Trespass Thishappiness was threatened though by the more liberal women that lived on theterrace In their quest for womens liberation Mernissis freedom wasjepardized One of the things Merniss spoke most fondly of was the amount offreedom the children had Since they saw everything the women on the terracedid the children had a lot of leverage which Mernissi speaks of in chapter18 American Cigarettes Grownups committed worse crimesthan fooling around inolive jars such as chewing gum putting on red fingernail polish and smokingcigarettes although theses last two took place rarely given the dificullty ofattaining such foreign items in the furst placeSince we children could havegotten any of the adult criminals in trouble with FatherUncle and Llala Maniif we described what we saw we were treatted with exceptional indulgence andenjoyed an unusually comf ortalbe position on the terrace No grown up couldboss us around without us threatening to realiate by informing the authoritiesAnd indeed the authorities relied heavily on us when they suspected somethingfishy was going on for they belived that children tell the truthAll the trespassers therfore gaveus VIP treatment showering us with cookiesroasted almonds and sfinge doughnuts and never forgetting to hand us ourtea before every one else175-8 This power over the adult women was in dangerof disolving with the more liberal women pushing for more freedom If the womensuccede in getting more freedoms then they are liberated from the blackamilingchildren But this in turn takes the freedom from the children who needed thewomen to keep getting what they want Mernissi and the other children of theterrace needed the adult women to commit crimes and without themthey would have had the VIP treatment they were used to having Itwould h ave been a rude awakening for Mernissi and Samir to not to have theluxurious treatment but It would also be better for them not to blackmailtheir
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