The Presentation of Gender and Sexualitydoc

By Ejekam Onyinye


In terms of sexuality, the women in this work are not object of sex like the women in Soyinka, the women here are so self-determined in the sense that they respected by this husbands, they are not weak like Sidi and Sadiku in Soyinka. So their husbands respects the facts that those women are their wives and treats them like one so there noting much to say about sexuality in Oscar wild.
From this work by Oscar Wild, we can see the fact that no matter how a woman tries, she will still be submissive and will still be under the man.
The Presentation of Gender and Sexualitydoc
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Published: July 20, 2017

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In the current context of social change in which men and women's social roles are being deconstructed and women are now taking up positions in public space (politics, administration, workplace, etc.), it is of practical use to question some literary works so far considered as masterpiece in some of the aspects of social realities they deal with. That is why we have chosen through this article to read Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel (first published in 1963) between the lines so as to explore gender and sexual issues. Moreover, the idea that 'a work of art, consciously or not, reveals and is determined by both the writer's view and the socio-historical development of its time, so much so that even those writers who apparently invent their own literary terms still deal with pressing contemporary issues' (Koussouhon 2011:16) has prompted in this study our questioning of  Wole Soyinka's works can also be criticized from a feminist view; in The Lion and the Jewel, women are really considered the second sex, essentially created for serving men, and in The road there is no female character at all. On the other hand, Euba claims that when women appear in Soyinka's works they appear in a dramatized womanhood, because they are manifestations of the Yoruba goddesses Oya, Yemoja, and Oshun, which represent beauty, love, sensual power, etc the issue of gender, we can consider that the participant roles are played by Lakunle, Baroka, Sidi and Sadikou in which the first two are represented as actors, doing something tangible and Sidi and Sadikou, most of the time as characters who are the goals or the beneficiaries of those actions performed by the male characters.

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