The Smile

The legitimisation process in the subjugation of women.

A quote from The Smile

There must be no errors. No one wanted to embarrass her husband by forcing him to inflict a public punishment on a wife who was shamefully spoiling their fun. We were proud, both of our married state and our prim behaviour. We tried to outdo one another with the tasty snacks we placed on the tables. There were secret smiles, mockery, for the very young wives trying to be clever with a plate of new succulent morsels, that the wise amongst us knew would be dried and too hard to eat by the time the men sat there. Abrin was easy to please in this respect. He very much enjoyed the crisp potato slices I fried in herb-infused oil and ordered no variation on that. I was smug in my pleasing of him.