Critical Review Of Princess Essay

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In her book Princess, Jean Sasson conveys through the Princess Sultana's story of the many abuses of women in Saudi Arabia. For thousands of years, women in Saudi Arabia has earned no respect, given no identity (as if invisible), and were treated like sexual objects. Their only use is to produce male offspring, and to service their husbands sexually. This goes for all women. Although women of royalty are born free, they are just as insignificant as the lower class women. Through the eyes of Princess Sultana, Jean Sasson tells the cruel and unjust ways of the male society in Saudi Arabia.
Women in Saudi Arabia are given no identity, starting with their births and ending with their death. Both accounts are neither recorded nor written down.
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Apart from being invisible to the world, Saudi men want them to be pure and untouched. In other words, they want young virgins. Once a girl has her menses, she is then put on the market to become a bride. Once wed, they immediately become their husbands sex slaves. If it is found that they are not virgins, they will be punished or put to death. "They could not risk losing
their virginity, for they realized the consequences they would face on their wedding night. Their husbands would return them to their homes and their fathers would turn them away as well. The mutawas would investigate. They might loose their lives (pg.99)". Once married, they had to endure their husbands every sexual desires. Some brides enjoyed sex, while others despised it so much that they kept their eyes closed. Then there were others who had to deal with their husbands cruel and unusual sexual brutalities. But they all had to pretend to enjoy their husbands sexual advances to keep them from marrying another wife. However, they all looked forward towards their monthly menses. The Koran strictly forbids sexual relations during a woman's menstrual cycle. It states, "They ask, concerning a women's courses, Respond: They are a hurt and a pollution, keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, you may approach them in any manner, time, or place ordained for you, by God (pg. 256)". Women…