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Nawal El Saadawi and the Woman Question

Iyabode Omolara Daniel


The society is a unit. The literature of many people reflects this reality. To an extent, Saadawi tries to do this in presenting the woman question in her two fictions here considered. It is however observed that she fails to reflect the truth holistically in her one dimensional characterisation structure. She whole-heartedly condemns the male characters and brazenly justifies the female ones. This paper is therefore a critique of her anti-sexist sexism. Not overlooking the fact that Saadawi’s concerns are real, the paper tries to show that the unit, which the society represents, consists of more than one sex. It thus calls for the mobilisation of such instruction avenues while not leaving the re-orientation of the whole social structure towards the equality of the sexes.


Nawal El Saadawi; The woman question; Gender equality; Prostitution; Anti-sexist sexism; One dimensional characterization

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