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Yes, that was the main thing I was getting at with the "strong stomach" comment. Legolas Send a noteboard - 01/07/2010 09:58:14 AM
It didn't really occur to me to wonder about the consistency about it, or whether it made sense for them to have the custom without us hearing about it before. But it was certainly nauseating. I don't know if I agree with you that the depiction was that sexist, though. Certainly, the "women like to keep women down" comments lacked nuance, but wasn't that simply because Erikson neglected to tackle the issue in depth? It's always risky to touch on topics like that without dealing with them properly, but then the books do that with plenty of topics, if perhaps not as controversial ones. I don't really think it was sexist per se - after all, the Malazan series is about as far from sexist as you can get, on the whole.

As for whether it made sense considering the other aspects of the Barghast culture... interesting topic. It is possible that we were a bit misled in Memories of Ice by the fact that we mostly see the Barghast through Hetan and Cafal. Considering Hetan, we then assumed they had to be nearly as liberal about gender issues as the Malazans. But it does make sense that Hetan was not that representative, and that not all Barghast women were like her. Still, one does get the impression Erikson really wasn't thinking of hobbling when he wrote the Barghast then, and that he invented it now for plot reasons more than anything else, in order to break Tool and get Hetan's children away. The seemingly pointless and random slaughter of the Barghast that John mentions fits in that as well.
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Erikson's Dust of Dreams (no real spoilers) - 01/07/2010 12:21:07 AM 5434 Views
Excellent review. Strengthens my resolve to reread at least part of TtH before starting. Thanks. *NM* - 01/07/2010 02:08:40 AM 1064 Views
You don't need to reread TtH, actually. Reaper's Gale is much more relevant. - 01/07/2010 09:44:43 AM 1424 Views
But I didn't like Reaper's Gale. *NM* - 02/07/2010 02:30:01 AM 806 Views
I feel your pain, then. *NM* - 02/07/2010 09:46:24 AM 787 Views
Good review, thanks! *major spoilers* - 01/07/2010 05:34:59 AM 1760 Views
What enraged me was the blatantly sexist treatment of... (Spoilers!) - 01/07/2010 06:09:21 AM 2039 Views
Yes, that was the main thing I was getting at with the "strong stomach" comment. - 01/07/2010 09:58:14 AM 1969 Views
The thing is... - 01/07/2010 04:51:22 PM 1544 Views
I keep hearing about this 'Hobbling of Hetan'. - 01/07/2010 12:16:39 PM 2290 Views
Okay... (spoilers, obviously, and yes it is gruesome). - 01/07/2010 12:30:28 PM 1798 Views
OK I see. *edited for spelling* - 01/07/2010 12:41:16 PM 1497 Views
Re: OK I see. - 01/07/2010 12:52:27 PM 1570 Views
Re: OK I see. - 01/07/2010 01:09:30 PM 1507 Views
Maybe your thesis is just a little too simple, then. - 01/07/2010 01:20:01 PM 1577 Views
It's not really a thesis statement. - 01/07/2010 01:33:03 PM 1508 Views
I knew I was forgetting something... - 01/07/2010 04:57:16 PM 1523 Views
Yeah, agreed. - 02/07/2010 09:50:57 AM 1519 Views
It'll be re-reading that starting in the next couple of days - 01/07/2010 10:11:42 AM 1390 Views
Waiting for Part Two - 28/07/2010 02:47:00 AM 1492 Views

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