Their Eyes Were Watching God

What does stark's reference to Janie as a bell cow tell you about Starks attitude toward women?

Is in chapter 5-6

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This chapter is noteable for its commentary on white society through criticisms of Joe. Joe attained his power by acting white, by taking power from others. Joe has attained the power he has always desired, he has done so through the mistreatment of his fellow townspeople and of his wife. This mistreatment is especially highlighted when he addresses his wife as a "bell cow". Joe sees his wife as little more than a domesticated animal that he owns. He sees Janie, and women in general, as stupid. He sees them as livestock-like possessions who need to be told what to do and guided around.