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Youth Voices Commentary The World Doesn’t Love You; My Mother’s Life (Feminist Perspective)

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Feb-21-21 Author Markayla H.

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“ If there was any doubt about Abel, the truth was right there in front of us all along, in his name. He was Abel the good brother, the good son. But Abel was his English name. His Tsonga name was Ngisaveni. It means” be afraid “

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Samuel R (Feb 22 2021 4:07PM) : Be Afraid more

That is an interesting name to have. I would have been afraid of Abel if I saw him drunk on the road>

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Isabel V (Feb 24 2021 11:02AM) : I agree more

He has such a rare name and he’s out of control without being drunk.

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Iajanay O (Feb 25 2021 9:25AM) : i agree with him being so abusive when he drunk that can affect others
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Ashanti T (Feb 25 2021 11:29AM) : i agree with him more

i agree with him because if i was out on the street and Abel was also on the street i would be scared for my life.

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Ziyair D (Mar 18 2021 12:15AM) : . more

i agree

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Sianni S (Feb 23 2021 9:46AM) : Name more

I find both his names intresting. Abel, in the story kills his brother despite being the good brother. And this guy, he tries and kill his son’s mom / ex. And his real name meaning “be afraid” while actually Noah’s mother wasn’t really afraid of him.

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Samuel R (Feb 23 2021 9:53AM) : Yep. more

You are on to something. I did’nt think about the Cane and Abel, connection.

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Iajanay O (Feb 25 2021 9:25AM) : i agree i like the story about both of the charaters
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Abel is a deadbeat. “He don’t do shit”. And he shot Patricia in the head…

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In the story Born A Crime written by Trevor Noah, we learn about his stepfather Abel. Abel was a drunk, abusive, and insecure man. Despite everything Trevor’s mom still laid down and had another baby with him. They still survived all his hardships and trials. However, the question is does, Born A Crime does an effective job of illustrating different gender roles and relationships in South Africa? Abel being a man, being in an intimate relationship with a woman, and being the “male role model” in 2 young boys' lives, yet he still wasn’t the ideal man. Abel couldn’t provide but wanted to control everything. Instead of talking out his problems, he beat the mother of his son. Born A Crime does an effective job because it illustrates patriarchy. To a further extent, it shows how a woman can be with a man and still be on her own, and it also shows that traditions can be changed or altered.

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Dasani D (Feb 25 2021 10:41AM) : I feel like no matter how bad the situation is a man should never put his hands on a female no matter and especially his kids mother.
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Ashanti T (Feb 25 2021 11:32AM) : i agree with her [Edited] more

i agree with her because i think that no matter the situation a man should not put his hands on a female no matter what and he should especially not put his hands on HIS KIDS MOTHER.

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Ahmir R (Feb 23 2021 11:16AM) : The first time I heard this, I was surprised because of the way her character was explained, I would have never suspect her to allow this to happen. [Edited]
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Raniyah L (Feb 24 2021 2:52PM) : This shows me... more

This shows me that Abel is a very dictating man. This also shows me how not real of a man he is.

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Christian M (Feb 23 2021 9:34AM) : This kinda makes me feel Abel beat Patricia because she was a female. Most males believe that women aren't strong enough to protect there selves. Even if there not that does not give men the right to beat or hurt any female physically and mentally. [Edited]
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Samuel R (Feb 23 2021 9:55AM) : Yep No justification. more

Abel was beat up by South Africa’s racial oppression , so he beat up on Patricia. Not Good

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Raniyah L (Feb 24 2021 2:53PM) : This shows me... more

This shows me that Abel took his anger out on Patricia and that instead of working out his problems he would beat up someone that loved him.

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Melody C (Feb 24 2021 9:36PM) : I agree kinda like putting their on madness on someone.
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According to the Oxford Dictionary, patriarchy is a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. So basically when Abel was beating the crap out of Patricia nothing could be done. The police brushed it off because back then a man could do whatever and it would be alright. It was okay for Abel to beat his family then drink, then beat up other people, and then drink some more because he was a man. I know this because in the book it says “ When the cops arrived he said nothing but oh-oh go in and have a conversation, this is not necessary”. Patriarchy gave men leeway to do whatever.

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Jaylen C (Feb 23 2021 3:29PM) : It was okay for Abel to beat his family then drink, then beat up other people, and then drink some more because he was a man.
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Jaylen C (Feb 23 2021 3:31PM) : most men would abuse that power
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Dasani D (Feb 25 2021 10:46AM) : i agree but they abused it to much way to much that's so weird like how can they allow men to just get a past on beating on their women and nobody do nothing about it.
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Melody C (Feb 24 2021 9:37PM) : I agree this shows most mans has the power and is controlling.
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Ziyair D (Mar 19 2021 1:40PM) : . more

I agree something should had happen

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Raniyah L (Feb 24 2021 2:56PM) : This makes me sad... more

This makes me sad/mad that Abel would do terrible things like this to people and would not get punished for it.

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Patricia lived with a man, slept with a man, loved a man, but still had to do everything on her own. She paid her own bills, took care of her own kids, and took care of herself. In my eyes with support from the book Men were/are supposed to be providers and protectors for women, kids, and themselves. Patricia was the provider and the victim. She worked through the day then got her ass beat at night. Being with a man doesn’t mean anything, back then in South Africa men were held at such a high standard but Abel never met the requirements. For example, In the book, it says,

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Raniyah L (Feb 24 2021 2:58PM) : I can tell... more

I can tell that Patricia was a very independent woman! I am glad that she did not depend on her abusive husband/father of her son.

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Melody C (Feb 24 2021 9:38PM) : I agree Iḿ glad she didnt depend on her abusive husband this shows shes strong.!!!
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Ahmir R (Feb 23 2021 11:19AM) : I agee with this sentence entirely. Men are held to a higher standard yet Noah never was to see it to know what it really looks like.
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“ You’re not a man; You’re a child, I can’t have a child for a husband, I’ve got my own children to raise, and you call yourself a father, then out of nowhere he smacked her across the face.”

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This shows that Abel did not act like a man he did not live up to his name. Abel was not a man because Patricia did everything a man was supposed to do. “Abel was a Bitxh”.

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Christian M (Feb 23 2021 9:37AM) : Abel didn't really help his family he was more there just to beat Patricia and drink all day.
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Melody C (Feb 24 2021 9:40PM) : I agree he was very abusive and terrible father this just shows he just wanted to harm people then to care for them.!!!!
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Traditions. Many of us have traditions we have to follow. Traditionally back then men would go to work all day and the women would stay in the house clean and cook etc. Not Patrica.

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Patricia Noah didn’t stay in anyone’s kitchen. She was a free-roaming spirit. She insisted on walking to the village, going where the men hung out, talking to the men as equals.” Patricia wouldn’t fight the system she would mock the system. The tradition of women bowing to the men she found ridiculous, she made a mockery of it, “she overdid it”. The women would bow and do a little curtsy and Patricia would go all the way and roll in the dirt.

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Jaylen C (Feb 23 2021 3:33PM) : to fight back or let the system walk all over you
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Christian M (Feb 23 2021 9:40AM) : This means Patricia did what she had to do for her family and did not care for gender roles.
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Samuel R (Feb 23 2021 9:55AM) : Power!
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Christian M (Feb 23 2021 9:44AM) : Free-Roaming spirit stood out to me because it shows that Patricia went through so much but still found ways to stay strong and do the best for he somewhat family. Basically just her children because Abel was abusive towards her.
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This shows us that a man’s presence never affected her until he neglected her. It was kind of like she had no respect for a man even though he was supposed to be superior. To answer the question yet again Born A Crime does an effective job illustrating gender roles through relationships because it tells us how a man is supposed to be treated, explains the traditions, then boom- brings us this “wishy-washy” powerful woman and – shows us how she doesn’t care for traditions.

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Even when they want us to be nothing we’ve always been something, we’ve always have to be something even if that something was nothing,... “ You have to accept yourself as a god. You have to realize your just as much the Devil as you are God. That you’re everything and you’re nothing at all” Abel was everything and nothing at all. Patricia was everything but became nothing at all.

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Raniyah L (Feb 24 2021 3:25PM) : Yess!! more

This is so true!! Always be something! Turn you being nothing into something.!

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This book was everything and something for us all. Born A Crime did a hell of a good job illustrating gender roles through relationships in South Africa. It taught us Women, Man, Child, even Dog, to Stand for something or fall for anything.

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Effectively I’ve reached this conclusion through three reasons: Born a crime shows patriarchy deeper and “realistically”, shows how a woman can be with a man and still be on her own, and exhibits how traditions can be broken/altered.

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Christian M (Feb 23 2021 9:47AM) : altered is a word that stood out to me because it shows that Patricia would have gender roles but did not care and altered it in order to take car of herself and children,
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Zahir M (Feb 24 2021 9:50AM) : This part is interesting to me because she says woman can be with a man and still be on her own and when I hear that I think that the man is just lazy and abusive and try's to take charge of the house but he can't because he really isn't a man.
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DMU Timestamp: February 12, 2021 19:33

Added February 21, 2021 at 3:40pm by Samuel Reed III
Title: Author Markayla H.

Markayla H. Commentary

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