Marjane meets Dabby and Penelope

Marjane meets Dabby and Penelope
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  • After arriving in Australia I decided to visit an old site where criminals were once hung. 
  • Ahhhh! Who are you?!
  • I'm Dabby. I used to live here in 1787.  Who are you?
  • Marjane.
  • After the shock finally wore off of this woman appearing from nowhere. Dabby and I talked for a while. She had many questions about our current society and I had many about the past.
  • Yeah. They are.
  • Are women still treated differently than men?
  • They say that our head-scarves are too short, that our pants are indecent, that we make ourselves up, etc...
  • I've had men treat me like that too. Like I'm just an object for men to look at. It's horrible. 
  • Suddenly the air was thick. I suggested that we leave and Dabby agreed.
  • It sure is different than I remember.
  • Sure.
  • Do you want to look at this bookstore?
  • I began to look through the books when I found a book I'd read recently, the Odyssey. 
  • Odysseus's wife in this book is treated horribly. Like an object.
  • Yeah, like when all of those crude, arrogant men devour all of her goods.
  • Ahhhh!
  • The universe sent me. They felt it was necessary for me to come. I'm Penelope, Odysseus's wife.
  • How did you get here?!
  • Penelope had many questions. We answered them kindly.
  • Don't you think the way men treated you was horrible and wrong? 
  • Then it was our turn to ask questions.
  • Sure sometimes it was annoying but that's just the way it is. Women are meant to take care of men. Ever since Odysseus left I constantly had a group of suitors waiting outside my house. I had to feed them and give them shelter. But then Odysseus came back and saved me from them, and all was good. 
  • Are you serious! No person deserves to be treated the way woman were. Men just tell you that because they can't do things for themselves. 
  • Yeah! How can you believe that crap!
  • Men treated me like all I was was a nothing. Like all I am is a whore. If God didn't want women to be whores he shouldn't have created men who pay for their bodies.
  • We women have to look after eachother.
  • I have to dress in a way that covers my body so that I don't look too sexy. I can't wear makeup because a man might be attracted to it, and you know who made those rules? Men. They don't hesitate to comment on us, but our brothers have all shapes and sizes of haircuts and clothes.
  • And for you, Odysseus and the other men in your time treated you like you were nothing but a pretty woman. Odysseus went around cheating on you but if you did that people would say you are a slut. The women who slept with the suitors were called sluts and the suitor's whores.
  • I guess we should have been treated better. It's too late now though. The only thing to do is to change the future. 
  • That's when I realized I was dreaming. 
  • I also realized what I needed to do.
  • Let's bring equality for all!
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