Spoiler alert: If you are reading my little blog before you’ve read Twist, it may ruin a few surprises. Also, if you have not yet read it, some of this won’t make sense. So, please read Twist before proceeding!
Well, here I am again! As promised, I will be blogging about women in Myron’s novels. Today, I will be focussing on Twist. While I hope to later delve into more obscure and subtle gender relationships in Myron’s works, let’s deal with the most obvious point of discussion first: violence against women. Take Sal for instance. She represents a major issue that women face, domestic violence. Sal, one of the first female characters Adam Twist interacts with, is repeatedly beaten by her husband, Dake. While a lot has changed in the dystopian future of Adam Twist, this situation is eerily familiar.
Adam cannot understand why Sal stays with her husband. He asks Sal, “Why do you let him beat you up like that?” This question is one that many victims of domestic violence often face. It is a difficult question. Here are just a few of the many and complicated reasons people stay with abusers:
1. Fear: What happens if you leave and he follows and hurts you more?
2. Love: Most people love their partner, regardless of the abuse.
3. Embarrassment: They are ashamed of what has happened and unwilling to talk about it.
4. Normality: Some people think that such a relationship is normal.
5. Reliance: Some are reliant on their abusive partner emotionally, financially or otherwise.
After exploring some of Sal’s responses, I believe she stays with Dake because of love and embarrassment; of course, you’d have to ask Myron to be sure of her motivations. Sal tells Adam her husband “had a good side, he just got in with Calley, and that bunch, and it made him crazy.” That sounds a lot like blind love to me. Let’s appreciate Adam’s response, he says,
“Sure. Like maggots weren’t really meant to live in garbage, except they’re a little mixed up.”
He can see right through Dake and realizes his behavior is not excusable. Sal also struggles with the third reason, embarrassment. When Adam tells her he can see the remains of yellow bruises on her face, “Sal jerked her head, turning the bruised side of her face away…” and then she snaps, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” This is a common reaction, denial of the abuse and an attempt to hide it from others.
Sal’s situation is resolved, to my personal satisfaction, when she shoots her jerk of a husband. However, this is a novel — that solution is not a good or a plausible one for the real world. If you or anyone you know is dealing with domestic violence, here are some resources.
I know that was some heavy stuff, but I think it is important to talk about these issues and look at Sal’s fictional character in 2075 and how it represents the situation many women face in 2013. If you have any comments or questions please post them here!
I’ll be back next week to talk more about Women and Myron. If you have any suggestions for next week’s blog comment below! Check back here or Myron’s Facebook Page next Wednesday, to see more from me!