HAVANA TIMES — Sexual object, sex slave, Barbie. For decades, women didn’t have the right to vote. Very few women have been the president of a country. She was reduced to giving birth without being able to stop it, constrained to the home almost by decree.
On the other hand, the scientific, educated woman has had to take a sip from the cup of men’s venom and prove her worth so as to impose herself in front of men’s supreme power.
Disrespected for being an artist, she has had to use a masculine pseudonym in literature. Certain machista literary critics isolate and categorize women who write within the wrongly named “women’s writing”. There is only one literature. Virginia Woolf expressed this in her extraordinary essay A room of One’s own, where she reshapes her vision of women within literature.
Over time, patriarchal rules have been imposed on her, subjecting what they do and how they do it to their judgement.
All cabaret dancers are whores, actresses are whores, singers are whores, women when they are different are whores, women are whores by nature… or a lesbian, if they are too strong, men say…
The reponsibility of looking after sick people at home and in hospitals falls upon them, until these have no strength left and women close the deceased’s eyes when the time comes. Older women look after their aged parents, sometimes without any help.
They raise their children, grandchildren, whole generations pass through their hands.
Many women keep quiet when all they want to do is shout insults at the husband they have to share a home with because there isn’t another. Bending over in the face of man’s pressing desires, even though she doesn’t want any physical contact. They find out that their husband has children with another woman and they have to deal with it…
When a woman abandons a child and a home she’s worse than the devil himself; she’s stigmatized as the “unnatural mother”… however, men do this all the time and they aren’t criticized like they deserve to be.
Women have to put up with men saying obscene remarks and have to take care with some shameless people who try to touch their behinds; listening to harassers and their sexual propositions…
Every day, the number of women being killed at the hands of men is increasing all over the world.
Why are women the ones to be raped, the ones who are mutilated in many cultures, which include Arab culture with its countless atrocities against women?
Years may have gone by, but all kinds of things need to be dismantled still so that once and for all women can be considered a social subject with their own light.