God's Bits Of Wood Analysis

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Rashad Jones
World History 1320
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Pre-colonial African society was traditionally very patriarchal and male-dominated. In, “God’s Bits of Wood,” the author Sembene Ousmane tells how the invasion of a technological, capitalist market economy and a railroad strike effected the gender relations between men and women and how the status of women was altered. During this time the men ran everything and were very dominant in and outside of their households. The technological advances allowed the men to work at better jobs and this too caused the men to be more powerful compared to their counterparts, the women The change in the women was gradual. By the end of the strike the change in gender relations and women’s status was big. The first instance of a foreshadowed change in the women’s status was seen very early on. It was the early days of the strike and food had already become scarce because the French had cut off the food and water supply for the African people hoping that starvation would end the strike. Men would come back to their homes with nothing for their wives and children to eat. People started to starve. This
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The point of the march was to support the strikers and to protest their (the women’s) treatment because the French had dismissed the wives of the strikers as being concubines. There was a small group of men that followed behind the women on their trip to Dakar. The leader of this march was of course a woman and her name was Penda. It was odd that the women were the ones who lead the march and not the men. This shows that the patriarchal period is pretty much over. Women had taken control and had started to lead the men. Because of this march the women solidified their place in society and they were no longer dominated by the men. The women’s march successfully aided in bringing the strike to an

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