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anthro101lec27.0324.y08 - Anthropology 101 24 March 2008...

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Anthropology 101 24 March 2008 Some notes from India Cabaret, a documentary by Mira Nair (1985) Here’s the blurb from the video: “This video examines the roles and views of Indian women through the lives of several cabaret dancers in Bombay. A comparison is drawn between their lives and the life of a ‘virtuous wife’, examining Indian society’s values and contradictions regarding women.” A. Gender meanings in society buttressed by cultural symbols : : South Asian society a widespread (male) notion of women's sexuality as dangerous and requiring control (contrasting with male sexuality) --> expressions by men: Mrs. P's father-in-law: "An unmarried girl is of no use. A good woman has a sweet temperament, looks after the household, is not quarrelsome, and is physically fit." Taxi driver: "A woman in the marketplace is a whore; a woman at home is a good woman." --> women: Rosy goes home (Hyderabad) for sister's wedding; can't stay; she
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Peters during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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anthro101lec27.0324.y08 - Anthropology 101 24 March 2008...

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