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Re: A Respectable Trade

Posted by Sara Menker on October 18, 2000 at 19:19:48:

In Reply to: A Respectable Trade posted by Heather Warner on October 18, 2000 at 12:40:20:

: Although we have already established that Frances was not really a slave (Professor Gabriel gave many reasons), I thought that it was interesting how Sarah at the end of the film tried to make Frances give up her child to her. Sarah esentially said that the child was not hers (Frances') for the keeping. This seemed a little more in keeping with slavery and how the children born in it were the property of the owners...
: This is just an observation that I had and one I thought that I would share on this discussion forum...

Although it doesn't have to do with the movie, when Sarah insisted that the baby was not France's keeping, it made me think of some African cultures in which the wife has ownership of absolutely nothing: even her baby. Especially if it was a boy. Now taking this into account as well as what we've learned about slavery, can we conclude that these wives are slaves of their husbands? Although we always tend to speak of the situation as him treating her as a slave, can we take the literal meaning of slavery and apply it so such societies?




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