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GENDER DISPARITIES IN THE IGBO CULTURE AS PORTRAYED IN NWAPA’S EFURU

Ashmi

Research Scholar, Bharthi Women’s College, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract


Gender disparity is a major issue that has been in effect for a very long time. It is even worse in a patriarchal society. Men are not the only beings who exploit women. Women do it to themselves. They become advocates to Patriarchy. Igbo culture is one of the foremost cultures which follows Patriarchy. Women in the culture are inferior to men by all means. The women are provided with various restrictions while the man in free from customs to a certain extent. Exploitation of women in the Igbo culture happens at various levels and existence of women is at times unknown. Existing in a society means he is part of the society. In a patriarchal this is often questioned as men dictate what is right and wrong, what should be done and what should not be done. Women are mere spectators in the drama hosted by the men where they have to perform certain roles and leave. Ngabe brings forth not only the treatment of women but also the existential crisis she undergoes through her novels. Though she gives her women a higher status, they are still a refugee to their men at some point of time.

Keywords


patriarchy, motherhood, gender, customs, barren, marriage.

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Ashmi. (2019). Gender Disparities in the Igbo Culture as Portrayed in Nwapa’s Efuru. Sparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 2(1), 21-26.

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