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Historically women are an oppressed people not by birthright but by baptism Women are kept maintained and contained through terror violence and spray of semen It is profitable for the colonizers to confine our bodies from our own life processes Clarke Cheryl Lesbianism an Act of Resistance pg 128-137 Societies often create for women a false duplicity where they are the creators but also the unclean Women in mythology appear as deceivers and tricksters Judeo-Christian traditions Eve the first woman is not only responsible for mans fall from Eden but also for all mankinds toil What more powerful statement of the males supremacy than to create in woman the image of evil weakness and temptation No more is this more painfully expressed than in post-colonial societies where the nations recovering from an infection of foreign ideas purge themselves violently of all things alien self and other - and thus unwanted Womens rights are among the first irritants to be regurgitated and this social sickness appears strongly in the literature of these nations Women in these novels trapped by social and religious obligations as well as the cycle of domestic abuse are usually the most tragic and most invisible victims of de-colonization In particular Tsitsi Dangarembga espouses the role of women both physical and symbolic in works such as Nervous Conditions The confusion of womens role in society was never more chronic than in states undergoing changes in political structure In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth women are not merely tolerated but valued stated Aung San Suu Kyi to the NGO Forum on Women China early September 1995 In nations such as Rhodesia where foreign invaders are treated like minor deities Nervous Conditions 103 it is difficult to maintain a sense of self worth Further complicating social hierarchies are the Shonas clan system where one man is the head of the family and thus the closest to a chief
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