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Author: Rebecca Townsend

Title: Prisoner of love

Subtitle: Sexual violence on Thai television

Journal: Critical Asian Studies

Volume: 48

Issue: 4

Year: December 2016 (Received: March 4, 2016, Accepted: August 29, 2016, Published online: September 20, 2016)

Pages: 579-596

ISSN: 1467-2715 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1472-6033 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Thai History | Representations: Films


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Abstract: »Sexual violence is prevalent as a plot device in Thai primetime television dramas, called lakhon. In the dramas, it is common for the hero to rape the heroine as part of a plot in which the two are fated to be together. The act of rape, and sexual violence more generally, is contextualized by narratives and ethical frameworks that make sexual violence comprehensible and legitimate. Gender violence is grounded in historical notions of sexual authority that deny female sexual agency. Thai lakhon, being the main form of televised domestic entertainment in Thailand, represent a critical element in the regulation of gendered forms of behavior and contribute to a culture in which women are subject to judgment and punishment.« (Source: Critical Asian Studies)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Thailand / History of Thailand since 1973 | Television: Thai television soap opera