"They’ve dressed her in red because red is a flashy color, it catches the eye. They’ve put a necklace at her throat, the necklace that around the neck of a helpless animal is made of rope and for feasts and festivals is of paper.
Her ears have been pierced, along with her nose. Those ears and that nose are wearing metal things; because she’s got so little lustre of her own the lustre of metal or gems brightens her up.
They’ve put bangles on her wrists their shapes much like handcuffs, like shackles. There are jingly bracelets on her ankles so that her whereabouts are known to all. There is paint applied to her face like color upon some lifeless thing. As if her eyes, her cheeks, her lips were not exact as if without some added coating she weren’t enough, she weren’t complete.
A person is turned into merchandise like this, she’s merchandise in the villages, merchandise in town, she’s on the sidewalks, the streets, she’s in the slums, the aristocratic locales, she’s in the country, and all over the place abroad. In various ways, at various rates she’s merchandise.
She is sold, sold openly. In some places these sales have been quite modernized. Some applaud this modernization in the name of women’s progress.
Most stupid women willingly tangle themselves in chains to fulfill some desire. Those who break their chains think that they have emerged; in fact they too get entangled some way or other in another chain.”