Egalia`s Daughters Book Report
Egalia`sDaughters Book Report
‘Egalia`sDaughter’ is a feminist book written by Gerd Brantenberg,in1977. The book is a satire and reflects the role of gender in powerand socialization. Built On the feminist theory, the book isinteresting as the roles are reversed as the Wim (women) controltheir menwim (men) in all sectors. The wim governs the society andpractice the commercial activities such as fishing. The menwim, onthe other hand, stay at home and take care of their household andtheir children. After bearing the children, the women went back tofishing while the men looked after the children. Menwim is consideredbeautiful if they are fat, short, have small penises and full beardand hair. In addition, the Wim find them attractive if they havejewelry and accessories and shy when talking to them. The book showsthe actual states of today`s society and makes the contemporary menwalk in the women`s shoes and experience how they do.
Contrary tothe glass ceiling effect, the women are sexually dominant and holdthe important offices in the government (Brantenberg45).Unlike the popular perception that holds for many people depictingthat the book explains how the world would be if women ran it, thebook explains gender classification and perceives that the genderclassification does not cause the problems the society has today butthe way the dominant gender uses their power. In the book, the womenare the dominant people, and since it had always been that way, thesociety has accepted it (Brantenberg109).In addition, the women cite biological and scientific reasons as thesource of superiority. The book have clearly used the feminist socialtheory to explain the unfairness existing in the society.
In Egalsund,feminism has prevailed as it is men who seem to have be sufferingfrom inequality. The teenagers go to the shopping malls to buy the‘peho,` which are uplifting genital boxes meant for the men. Onecharacter, who was a mentor called Petronius, tries to defy theculture as he wished to be a seawom. Seaway are the females who didfishing and male were not allowed to fish. He argued with his motherwho explained to him that that is the way the society is and advisesthe boy to stick to his boy books. This has been explained in thesociety where the women are discouraged from joining male-orientedcareers. Just like the current society where women are praisedbecause of their beauty, in Egalia the men are praised for theirphysical attributes and the dedication they have to their wives(Brantenberg109).The men, however, felt oppressed and started a movement by burningPeho.
There hasbeen many crime scenes depicted in the book and they are perpetratedby the stronger gender which is the female. First, Petronius is gangraped by three women when he was in the park but he tried to hide theevidence of his torn peho from his family. His mother did not allowhim to report the issue because of her high status. Men were alsochemically castrated for ‘father-hood protection’. The menwimwere also supposed to follow orders from the wim without question.One man Christopher had to quit his career to bring up children whodid not belong to him.
The authoruses a lot of humor to depict the gender inequality in today`ssociety. The book comments on the influence of gender socializationand ho the dominating gender control the other one. Just like ourcurrent society where men use scientific and biological reasons toexplain their dominion over women, the wims in Egalia uses the sameideas to govern the men. Although the language in the book makes ithard for many people to understand the concept, after reading severalchapters, one finally gets it. Through the feminist social theory,the book shows how oppressions faced by people because of belongingto a particular gender or social class. The book can be recommendedto feminists, to ensure that they get a different perspective on therole of women, the domineering male to understand the role of womenand the general society to help them understand how the world isruled.
Brantenberg,Gerd. Egalia`sdaughters: a satire of the sexes.Seal Press, 2004.
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