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Kind Husband

The only student who thinks there is something wrong with the actions of a husband who, in a fit of rage, tears an ear-ring out of his wife’s ear with such force that he rips her ear-lobe apart is a male student from France. Everybody else believes this character is a loving, kind husband.

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21 thoughts on “Kind Husband

  1. Wow. Your students are scary! Way more scary than mine.


  2. Well, he’s giving her his attention isn’t he? Seriously, that kind of response, which I have also encountered from people from all sides of the political spectrum, is one of the main reasons I know we live in a patriarchy.


    • He gave her expensive ear-rings and she dared not to appreciate that! He thought he bought her and she decided she was entitled to have desires of her own. Unbelievable gall!


      • possession masking itself as “love” IS the basic patriarchal trope.


        • “possession masking itself as “love” IS the basic patriarchal trope.”

          – This is what I’m trying to make them understand. We read a story where parents drive their son to an early grave making him work to keep them. Three of the students said that, “Of course, the parents wanted what’s best for their son because that’s what all parents want. . .”

          It’s like they speak in set phrases that they don’t even try to think over.


  3. Weird. Where are the other students from?


  4. “It’s like they speak in set phrases that they don’t even try to think over.”

    In other words, duckspeak : )


  5. Give your shit to those dicktards.


  6. And you know what is even more scary? This is worse in non-humanities and outside college!


  7. Seriously? What is the movie? It rings something but I do not remember what exactly.


    • No, it’s pardo Bazan’s “La perla rosa.”


      • Oh… I use Pardo Bazán’s Las medias rojas in my class and of course all of my students sympathize with the young girl victim of patriarchy. I shoudl read La perla rosa and use it in class to see whether my students’ reaction is similar than yours.


      • This is such a good short story. Well… your student trusted the narrator and felt that they could not question him. Perhaps their reaction would have been different if it had been narrated by the woman, or by an omniscient narrator.


  8. I once used Madga Portal’s “Círculos violeta” in a Latin American literature course and it generated the most intense debates with my students I have had so far in my career. I am sending you a link because you can read it fast, and somehow your post made me think about the ways my students can surprise me.


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