Awa Thiam's Arguement Against The Statement “Rape Is To Women What Lynching Is To Blacks”

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Awa Thiam speaks on the topic of the daughters of black Africa trying to find themselves. She also states the comparison of the black women struggle with the European women. Thiam is arguing the point that the European feminist imposed the false argument “Rape is to women what lynching is to Blacks” (Thiam 114). Women in the text suffered from double domination and double enslavement by the colonial phallocratic. Thiam explains the false consciousness of the black women as well. The goal for the women is to achieve total independence, to call man bluff and all alienating influences.
The European view point of exploitation of women in Europe compared to the African American women shows an inaccurate judgment. If rape is to women compared to the raping of black, then what is raping and lynching to the African American female? This is a paradox which Thiam explained. Indirectly European feminist Kate Miller is referring to white women being raped has her concern. Fighting for liberation of women, the black women is forgotten and also denied in this case. Thiam states during the colonial period African women suffered a double domination and enslavement. The black women were visualized as a sexual stratification to be abused sexually and through hard labor.
Moreover, black African, Afro-African and Caribbean women were all the same in the sexual eyes of their white master. Women had struggle for economic and political independence. Also, women struggle for the respect and jobs to be equal for them as men. They are sought out to be part of the tradition task that was forced upon them such as, being a servant, child bearer, and housekeeper. Women have suffered a great deal after colonialism more than men. They were faced with white racism, exploitation by the colonial, also by the domination towards them by black and white males.
The black woman has been degraded as an object of pleasure. There were different forms of oppression and exploitation that the black women faced in the power of the colonial men. Women in Africa suffered a larger oppression than the complaints of the European women. Three forms of oppression first sexism dominated by men, racism suffered from appropriation of her country by the colonial and class division mercy of the capitalist exploitation. Women must fight and realize the system that is controlling and denying them, that system is patriarchal and phallocratic. Many were unconscious whether to rebel against this system that exploits them or accept it and remained in slavery. So many women were confused on what they should do because if they rebel they were dehumanized and disposed of.
Phallocratic and patriarchy maintained sexual violence and controlled women. Their way of controlling was to rape, female genital mutilation, force marriage and polygamy. European did not succeed in wiping out the black African civilization. Thiam credits the mothers/ancestors of the country, they held on to their belief to keep African...

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