Oppression and Female Body: A Feminist Critique of the Novel 'Half the Sky'

Ayesha Khaliq, Mamona Yasmin Khan, Rabia Hayat
2021 Global Sociological Review  
The female body is more than often used as a site to perpetuate violence and oppress women in patriarchal societies. The current study aims to explore how patriarchal oppression targets the female body and how it enforces women to become subalterns having no voice in the selected fictional work, Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn. For this purpose, Simone De Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) and Bryan Turner's The Body theory (1984) are used as theoretical frameworks to explore the selected
more » ... l. The research is descriptive qualitative, and placed within the interpretive paradigm. The data for the present study is in the form of textual paragraphs, which is taken from the selected novel and is collected through the purposive sampling technique. The study argues on women's oppression and violence. The findings of the study revealed that the dominancy of male counterpart in every field of life is the basic reason for women oppression which leads to the women being subalterns.
doi:10.31703/gsr.2021(vi-i).11 fatcat:3zn52yjxf5cxjifyjbqqeneim4