Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Hossain was definitely different than the readings we have done in class. I found it really interesting how much the men were oppressed to the point of confinement in Zenana whereas; the women lived in what became Ladyland. It was extremely interesting how the men were basically blamed for all the terribleness that occurs in the world and that they are better off having confined men, rather than working with them to create a better world.
You can see in this story that Hossain really wanted to make it clear that women alone can create a better world, having most women working in laboratories and flying planes. To me I felt that she basically said that women are more capable of being successful in these jobs than men are, which is the gender you usually see working these types of careers.
One thing that did bother me was the fact that throughout this story, the women seem to care so little about the fact that they are confining men and basically seeing them as lesser beings. I felt like the purpose of this was to demonstrate what women at this time were going through and some still go through with certain careers. Also, what is problematic is how some people today still don’t see that women are confined not in the literal tense but metaphorically from certain opportunities and seen as incapable of handling different tasks. I really liked the twist on oppression from what we have been reading and really makes you question power inequalities that occurred during this time period of this writing as well as what occurs still today.