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The thing is... fionwe1987 Send a noteboard - 01/07/2010 04:51:22 PM
The very non-sexist nature of the series in general makes this stand out more to me.

Sure, you can say that not handling the issue in depth is what is causing me to think this is sexist. But isn't the lack of depth itself a manifestation of some bias?

I'm not trying to argue here that Erikson is some big time sexist, but the point is that he chose to show a culture that practices gang rape and mutilation of women, and then showed that the women support it and hunger for such a fate to befall their rivals. It is not so much the act itself but the repeated statements (and the actions of the women themselves... after all, it is the women that drag Hetan out) that really enrage me.

We're dealing with an abhorrent custom here. The least you can do is handle it well enough that it doesn't come off as sexist.

And while we do see the Bhargast trough Hetan and Cafal's eyes in MoI, the Malazans also move among them, and we in fact have one of them fight to become chief of one of the tribes! All we're told is that he can have is pick of women that night since they'd all be falling over themselves to sleep with him (IIRC). No mention of hobbling at all, not even as a discontinuous custom that would have been practiced on such an occasion.
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Erikson's Dust of Dreams (no real spoilers) - 01/07/2010 12:21:07 AM 4860 Views
Excellent review. Strengthens my resolve to reread at least part of TtH before starting. Thanks. *NM* - 01/07/2010 02:08:40 AM 889 Views
You don't need to reread TtH, actually. Reaper's Gale is much more relevant. - 01/07/2010 09:44:43 AM 1134 Views
But I didn't like Reaper's Gale. *NM* - 02/07/2010 02:30:01 AM 647 Views
I feel your pain, then. *NM* - 02/07/2010 09:46:24 AM 632 Views
Good review, thanks! *major spoilers* - 01/07/2010 05:34:59 AM 1342 Views
What enraged me was the blatantly sexist treatment of... (Spoilers!) - 01/07/2010 06:09:21 AM 1740 Views
Yes, that was the main thing I was getting at with the "strong stomach" comment. - 01/07/2010 09:58:14 AM 1662 Views
The thing is... - 01/07/2010 04:51:22 PM 1247 Views
I keep hearing about this 'Hobbling of Hetan'. - 01/07/2010 12:16:39 PM 1900 Views
Okay... (spoilers, obviously, and yes it is gruesome). - 01/07/2010 12:30:28 PM 1482 Views
OK I see. *edited for spelling* - 01/07/2010 12:41:16 PM 1197 Views
Re: OK I see. - 01/07/2010 12:52:27 PM 1257 Views
Re: OK I see. - 01/07/2010 01:09:30 PM 1209 Views
Maybe your thesis is just a little too simple, then. - 01/07/2010 01:20:01 PM 1282 Views
It's not really a thesis statement. - 01/07/2010 01:33:03 PM 1191 Views
I knew I was forgetting something... - 01/07/2010 04:57:16 PM 1230 Views
Yeah, agreed. - 02/07/2010 09:50:57 AM 1229 Views
It'll be re-reading that starting in the next couple of days - 01/07/2010 10:11:42 AM 1115 Views
Waiting for Part Two - 28/07/2010 02:47:00 AM 1194 Views

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