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dualism which is associated with femininity, such as docility and gentleness. This is common within works that have a female lead. Often times the female lead must have stereotypical “masculine” traits in order for her to be seen as strong and powerful. This is also seen when Layton and Ep get into a fight. Ep claims that Layton’s son sits when he pees, obviously referring to women, and Layton in turn slashes Ep’s face several times. To Layton, having his son being associated with “femininity” was the worst insult conceivable. Response 1: As I have mentioned before in my responses, I find the intersectionality of race and sexual identity very intriguing. Andrea Smith mentions that because of racism, Native Americans are looked at as unpure and therefore justifiable to be raped. I just can’t believe that people in social power would be able to justify rape in a way that would be deemed acceptable by society. I wonder if this “logic” is a conscious thought or happens subconsciously.
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Response 2: When Smith mentioned that Native Americans were also being sterilized without their consent, my jaw actually dropped. It’s worse enough that they are already being taken advantage of sexually but to have the chance of childbirth taken away is unimaginable. I just can’t understand how they can take away a potential child’s life when they haven’t even done anything yet. Response 3: Just in the first two sections, there has already been a ton of gender roles presented, and Molly shattering them. My first main thought is about how bold Molly is and how comfortable she seems to be with challenging the stereotypes around her. I can’t help notice my own discomfort when she loses her virginity so young but I understand that Brown is trying to make a point that sex doesn’t have to be built up with large expectations like society has made it out to be. Another main point that I notice is the intersection between sexual identity, religion and familial identity. It’s sad that she struggles especially between her familial identity and her sexual identity and now has to go through it alone since her father died and there isn’t a role model/emotional support that she needs. Her father was the main person in her life, encouraging her to follow her dreams, pushing her to go to college, and to be free and play outside with the boys when she is young. Without this influence, I wonder if she would have given in to more conventional ways outwardly. I find it very interesting to learn about the horrible treatment of Native Americans during colonization. This was discussed briefly in my history classes in high school, but I feel like I didn’t know the half of it. I took AP US History in high school, but this was never covered. Is America trying to hide the past history behind this? It reminds me of how schools in the south similarly change the description of the civil war within textbooks. I also think the portrayal of Pocahontas is very interesting as we discussed in class. Disney turned it into a children’s movie, almost to appropriate the treatment of the indiginous people, even though it just isn’t the case.
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