During the past week I read Women Talking by Mirian Toews. The book centres on a discussion held by traditional Mennonite women over 48 hours after a series of rapes in the community. While deciding on the choice the women are to make in response to the rape, the group discuss many issues. Today I will quote one:
“Greta Loewen sighs heavily. She says that although we may not be animals, we have been treated worse than animals, and that in fact Molotschna animals are safer than Molotschna women, and better cared for.” (p39-40)
(2018, Penguin Random House)
As the discussion progresses, the relationship between the men and women in the patriarchal society that exists in the Molotschna community is continuously referred to. It angers me to think that there are still women in the world who are treated less than animals.
What do you think of the extract I shared?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
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