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Subverting the Stereotypes: Women Performers Contest Gender Images Old and New

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Hatley, BL (2007) Subverting the Stereotypes: Women Performers Contest Gender Images Old and New. Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 41 (2). pp. 173-204. ISSN 0815-7251

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Abstract

The literary phenomenon explored in this volume, the new wave of
women’s writing which followed the ending of the authoritarian
Suharto regime, has taken place in the context of a more general surge
in prominence in Indonesian cultural expression of themes of gender
and sexuality. Among the new freedoms afforded by the less controlled
political climate has been greater permissiveness of sexual expression.
Capitalist, commercial interests promote a flourishing of sexualised
imagery in the mass media. At the same time, a loosening of the hold
of the restrictive gender ideology of the New Order regime, aimed at
creating an ordered, family-style state, and constraining women to roles
of supportive wives and mothers, has opened up new opportunities for
social and political participation by women. Political parties actively
seek women parliamentary candidates to fill quotas of female
representation; open discussion takes place in the media of issues of
gender equality such as domestic violence.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs
Publisher: Association for the Publicaton of Indonesian and Malaysian Studies, Inc
Page Range: pp. 173-204
ISSN: 0815-7251
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:18
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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