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Women And Gender Roles During The Maghreb Come From Narratives That Depict Cultural Norms

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Maghrebi women are in a set gender role because of years of tradition and cultural norms. This gender role forms an identity that most women conform to in order to avoid conflict. Some women break free of these roles and cultural norms but usually encounter struggles. Some narratives that highlight situations like these and demonstrate depictions of women and gender roles are The Arabian Nights and In the Country of Men. These narratives expose the reality of gender roles through identity and Orientalism to highlight the cause for submissive females in the Maghreb. These gender roles create normative behaviors and cause severe treatment towards females. Because most women do not voice their opinions on the subject, there are few ways of…show more content…
King Shahrayar, the younger brother, says, “I am still here, and this is what she has done when I was barely outside the city. How will it be when I go to visit my brother in India? No. Women are not to be trusted“(Heller-Roazen 6). They each kill their wives and their lovers before setting out on their journey. While this is an example from a narrative, there are privileges set by the law and rights that are exclusive to men. Men “are permitted to contract multiple marriages, have sexual relations with their slaves or concubines, and [men] could contract temporary marriages as well (Zuhur 19).” These laws alter individual perceptions and enforce social norms within the Maghrebi community.
Because of these social norms, males hold the most value in family structures to the point where the fathers view females as nothing more than a convenience to do housework and make babies. The family structure silences and oppresses women. This forces them to become submissive, which suppresses their emotions regarding unwanted sex, abuse, or other forms of mistreatment. Most women subjugated to this treatment are unlikely or unwilling to voice their opinions towards the situations. In some cases, women attempt to speak out by making public statements or contacting the police. The audiences regularly ignore the few women who speak out or seek help. Some are able to construct narratives in
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