Marginalized Femininity In A Masculinized World:

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Ohwovoriole, F.E.
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Female subjugation is evident in every stratum of the human society. In politics, religious settings, workplace and business organization, women suffer a great deal of unhappiness and subjugation. Female subjugation is also a major theme in literature. Marginalisation refers to a state or condition of deprivation resulting from differential power relations, reflecting a great deal of cultural disadvantage in terms of social opportunities. Patriarchal patterns of culture are also to be found in the three most favoured religions in Africa, Christianity, Islam and African traditional religion. Female marginalisation and masculine violence against women include sexual violence, emotional an-d psychological abuse, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and other harmful traditional practices. In the light of this observation, this study interrogates two novels, Amma Darkos' (1995) Beyond the Horizon and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo's (2008). Trafficked. The central characters in the texts, Mara and Nneoma recall how they are physically, sexually and emotionally tortured by their traffickers. These portrayals of events show how they are introduced to life abuses and exploitation of different forms. Both novels depict how poverty is a major cause of victims f vulnerability to human trafficking. The texts capture in detail the plight of African women taken to Europe for international sex, trade. The study is viewed from the perspective of female trafficking as a phenomenon that is not only generating a lot of concern globally but has been represented in literature especially the novel.
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Femininity , Marginalisation
Ohwovoriole,F. (2012) Marginalized Femininity In A Masculinized World: Amma Darko's Beyond The Horizon And Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo's Trafficked.International Journal of the Feminist/Womanist Theorists Vol. 4, p. 213 - 229.