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What is the role of women in the Ibo culture?

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In the Ibo culture, women have a tremendous amount of responsibility with little reward in return. They are required to cook, clean, raise children, and remain sexually active with their husbands, all while their husbands are insulting, often physically violent, and polygamous.

Okonkwo frequently dismisses any traditionally "feminine" characteristics in favor of his own hypermasculinity. In this sense, masculinity—physical power, emotional absence, and so onare favored to femininity. Domestic violence is sometimes socially warranted in this culture: in one chapter, a man from the village named Uzowulu severely beats his wife with great frequency. As a result, the wife's family takes her way from Uzowulu's hut. A trial proceeds and the elders decide that if Uzowulu apologizes, his wife must

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