Mollys relationship with faye is interesting to me

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Molly’s relationship with Faye is interesting to me, because they are both so unapolgetic about their romance during a time when it was dangerous to be gay. Even when their peers start to suspect them, they do not lie and even offer them explanations. In fact, their classmates and the
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Dean dance around the topic, yet Faye and Molly bluntly talking about being gay. I think this emphasizes how they realize that their love is natural and are not uncomfortable about talking about it. Even when they realize they’ll be thrown out of college for lesbianism, Faye says “Let them. Who the hell wants to rot in this institution of miseducation?” (111). They value their freedom and happiness over having to abide by the archaic mindsets of the university. Carl may have impacted this mindset, as he encouraged her to be herself. “You only got one life so do what you want” (81). In the Not an Indian Tradition reading, the author mentions Andrew Jackson, a President I learned about in a positive context. I remember learning about his personal life and accomplishments as President and senator rather than his wrongings. For example, my class only focused on the Trail of Tears for one class and never spoke about it again, so when I read that: "Andrew Jackson ... supervised the mutilation of 800 or so Creek Indian corpses -- the bodies of men, women, and children that he and his med massacred -- cutting off their noses to count and preserve a record of the dead, slicing long strips of flesh from their bodies to tan and turn into bridle reins," I was surprised and utterly disgusted. I can not comprehend how someone could stand there watching the mutilation of human bodies occur with no question. Jacksons lack of action to prevent the mutilation of their bodies relates to the notion of heteropaternalism because he thought their bodies would be 'more useful' being bridle reins rather than the life they were living. Heteropaternalism is dangerous because it can lead to the deaths of many and the destruction of cultures. In Rubyfruit Jungle, I originally dreaded having to read it because I am not personally a huge fan of reading, but after reading this section, I can say that I am very excited to see what happens next. I admire Molly's character for her resilience and sense of pride in being herself. She does not fit into society's definition of 'normal' at the time and instead of trying to fit into it, she is unapologetically herself. She contrasts the heteronormative belief that all women have to be docile and obedient. In Smith’s article, I found the topic of rape particularly interesting. This is because the way rape is constituted in a patriarchal society. Smith explains that in order to be raped, according to the patriarchy, the body must begin as a pure one. Thus, forcing a ‘impure’ woman to engage in intercourse, like a prostitute, is no longer considered a rape. Smith extends this belief towards the stereotypes of Native American Indians, as rape against Native women isn’t possible. In
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