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WMST 101 Readings 1

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03:21 WMST 101 Readings 1/19/11 Egalia’s Daughters- A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg The first section of this novel presents a satirical view of a world where gender roles and  views are reversed. Many plays on words, such as “manwom” and “wim” indicate this,  along with the opposite behaviors; the wim are the main providers, while manwim are  docile homemakers. There are many satirical objects, such as the peho, a sort of  inverted construction of a bra. The most interesting thing is how they justify women’s  superior role-they have the privilege of childbirth and therefore the greater role in  creating life. While it all seems absurd, it is inadvertently bringing attention to the  absurdity of gender roles and oppression in our society.  “Introduction” To the Second Sex, Simone De Beauvoire pg 11-13 First purpose: to define women, if women even exist. It may just be that we have 
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