Shryke Posted February 5, 2009 Share Posted February 5, 2009 [quote name='Ran' post='1674727' date='Feb 5 2009, 05.06']Rape as a weapon isn't really about sex but power. One can argue that everything in Bakker is ultimately about power, but I think it's pretty clear that there's (again) a vast difference between female characters functioning as whores to gain some measure of livelihood/power for themselves because [i]that's all the narrative allows them[/i], and male characters generally using sex as a weapon [i]as just one of many approaches they can use to the same ends.[/i].[/quote] Huh? There's basically 3 major female characters. The Empress - Powerful on her own. Uses sex as a tool like any other. She's no different from any of the men in the story. Serwe - Doesn't "use" sex at all. She IS used. She's a puppet. Sold into slavery at a young age and used her entire life.(As a sidenote, it's almost funny that Kellhus is the only one with genuine affection for her in her entire life. Though he still uses her.) Esmenet - She's a whore. She makes a living having sex. The thing is, once she leaves her life as a whore behind, she doesn't use sex as a tool at all. She lives and sleeps with Achamian because she loves, and does the same with Kellhus. She doesn't seduce him, he seduces her. She has sex used AGAINST her. Of the 2 that actually use sex as a tool, one is no different from the men in the story and the other was a whore and used only used sex as a tool in that capacity. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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