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Women should not only be powerful as ghosts

  • Wulandari Pratiwi

    Independent researcher in linguistics, with a master’s degree in English education

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 7, 2018   /  01:32 pm
Women should not only be powerful as ghosts Women’s domination in Indonesian horror movies appeared to be the result of their pathetic condition and inferior position.  (Shutterstock.com/File)

Months ago, I carried out sociolinguistics research on women’s domination in Indonesian horror movies, using a sample of four Indonesian horror movies. The result was quite predictable, but I still found it disturbing. 

Female ghosts were portrayed as powerful, vengeful and dominant in the supernatural world, while in the previous life they were the victims of sexual harassment or lived a poor and stressful life. Thus, women’s domination in Indonesian horror movies appeared to be the result of their pathetic condition and inferior position. 

While as ghosts women are powerful and dominant, the portrait of women in real life is still upsetting. Negative comments and reactions on recent events, from a female entertainer who removed her headscarf, affairs between women and married men, and a mother who killed her children, show how women a...

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