While not appearing for a long amount of time in Trouble on Triton, Miriamne was a character I found interesting right away. Here you are presented with this woman who is struggling to find a job in her field and who is eager to work in the position she is given, and yet the first thought that Bron has of her is that of wanting to sleep with her because of his inability to get with the Spike (45). Instead of thinking about the kind of help she can offer, it’s this instant thought of her body, making her more object than human. He at first shows little interest in what she does, instead stating that he could either explain what he does to her or they could just sit around and drink coffee (48). Once they do talk and hit it off, he continues to think of her as a potential partner or even someone whose company he could enjoy; that is, of course, until he learns that she is a lesbian and also a potential ‘love-rival’ for the Spike’s affections (one that he does think he could kill because of that (60)). Then, it’s as if all the friendship they’ve built is thrown out the window as he fires her (82). In this short span of her being in the story, she also brings out so many aspects of Bron that help us get a better image of him as well, from his jealousy to an increased sense of his homophobia.
To me, Miriamne is a character that represents a struggle many woman have had in today’s society, i.e, being taken seriously as a person in particular situations. There’s always a situation where a woman’s looks are more regarded than her intelligence, or where her disinterest in wanting to sleep with a man (regardless of sexual preference) can have a negative impact on her life. How many cases have we seen recently in the news where men have turned violent because of a woman rejecting their advances? Miriamne may not have faced this actual physical violence – which Bron does in fact think of – that happens in today’s society, but she did still suffer in the fact that she lost her job and may have trouble being placed in a new one due to his newfound jealousy towards her. Women so often are expected to cater to the whims of males, particularly those who have some sort of perceived hold over them, and I think this is portrayed very clearly in this novel as a negative thing. Women need to be respected as equals, and not as objects, so that all the Miriamnes in the world can find their place and flourish.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1996. Print.