The Power

The Power

“Gender is a shell game. What is a man? Whatever a woman isn't. What is a woman? Whatever a man is not. Tap on it...

Author : Naomi Alderman

Genre :Literary Fiction

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“Gender is a shell game. What is a man? Whatever a woman isn't. What is a woman? Whatever a man is not. Tap on it and it's hollow. Look under the shells: it's not there.”

In the grand scheme of things, the concept of power and privilege is often tied to some binary relation legitimized by some grand narrative. Academic thought would bid us look at Jean-Francois Lyotard's rejection of grand narratives. To put it simply, today's world does not stand for stories or modes of thoughts that attempt to keep things the way they are because that is, well, how they have been and should always be. Our world ditches set notions in favour or experimentation. There is no lasting order, there is no absolute truth.

In the light of this, consider a narrative, this narrative, where women all over the world take power for themselves- from the home front, to the corridors of power and international politics. Backed up by nature, the patron-saints of all most religions become feminine, and God is woman. The mother, after all, is greater than the son. What results is a world where men are made to 'feel' what they've put the female folk through for countless epochs.

But the story is not all linear. It turns out that the problem is not misogyny, or feminism or misandry. The real issue is power, and human nature. Bring those two together and what you have is an explosion. One wise man did say, power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Here is a towering accomplishment born of great yearning and sublime imagination.