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native people did not violate women or prisoners is the main point that evidences this observation. On RFJ: So far, I really enjoy Rubyfruit Jungle. I think that Molly’s way of interpreting the world is liberating and something that I resonate with. I love the way that she refuses to be confined by her gendered and normalizing atmosphere, acknowledging that she will do what she wants, no matter what anyone else thinks because the thoughts of others are irrelevant. One part I particularly liked was when Molly responded to Leroy’s feelings of emasculation with “What goddam difference does it make to you what I do? You do what you want and I do what I want...Keep doing it if it feels good. Hide it, that’s all. It’s nobody’s business what you’re doing anyway, Leroy” (57-59). She challenges the concept of masculinity, objecting that actions can manipulate your masculinity or femininity. She chides that the actions one should take should be out of personal enjoyment, not fear of opposing normative standards. This set of values also
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leads Molly to object to marriage, which is an integral part of being female in the book’s context. She questions the institution of marriage: “Why should I buy a cow when I can get the milk for free?” (81). I think that this is ironic because this expression uses sexist logic to argue against sexist institutions. I’ve only ever heard men say this as a comeback to the question of marriage, so it was a bit unexpected but humorous for Molly to reference this expression. But ultimately her reference to the quote brings to light the need for egalitarian rights and experiences between the two sexes, something that the book’s context lacks. On "Not An Indian Tradition"/Tuesday's lecture: Before this class, I never saw how colonialism related to gender studies, but it makes sense. Colonialism itself is driven by patriarchal ethics: that the land is feminine, meant to be conquered and used. By the same token, natives are also feminized, expected to submit to and accept our culture and values. When imposed standards are rejected by native peoples, colonists interpret this as a threat to their supremacy, rationalizing violence against natives as a way to protect their possessions (namely their “vulnerable”, “dependent” wives) and by extension, their dysfunctional patriarchy. Maintaining the white supremacist patriarchy depends on constant enforcement of its mythology of European supremacy. This mythology othered practically all other races, producing a binary where only white European males could be “human,” “civilized,” and “cultured.” This reasoning justified enslavement, genocide, and assimilation of the “others.” Othered people were considered of lesser value and thus they were objectified, stereotyped, and eroticized to serve the white patriarchy’s appetite for entertainment. Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples, by Andrea Smith.
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  • Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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