Pondus’ Friends And The Two Sisters

A Norwegian comic strip has the main character reporting that friends had broken up on the grounds that “He was schtupping both her sisters regularly”. The patriarchal verb-object structure is worth noting, the man seems to have all the agency and the two sisters seem passive and without a say in the matter. Is this because the protagonist of the strip is a man, for whom women are the objects of male initiative, or would the typical woman in this kind of situation also always blame her partner alone – to the complete exclusion of the sisters or girlfriends who have, as an active deed, poached her man? If so, would our habit of male-agency language be the cause or the consequence of this?

Why do we not say, not that her partner was doing something to her sisters, but that they were doing something with him? (Regularly, no less.) But considering her sisters or girlfriends to be agents would oblige the female of the couple to be angry with an individual of the same gender as herself, which in turn would imply that persons of that gender can in fact do wrong, and this would compromise her self-esteem.

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 16:25 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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