Representations of Single Woman in Thai Films: The Reproduction of Patriarchy Ideology

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Ratchaneekorn Ratchatakorntrakoon

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The objective of this study is to explore the representations of single women and to analyze the relationship between the representations of single women and ideology in Thai romantic comedy films from 2006 to 2017. The study reveals that representations of single women are constructed in seven categories: professional working women; women who struggle to marry; worthless women; unfortunate women; over-sensitive women; women who would be an ideal housewife; and women who have younger partners. These seven representations closely relate to mainstream ideologies, especially the ideology of patriarchy; that is to say the seven representations of single women not only accentuate, but also reproduce, the ideology of patriarchy by defining marriage and being a mother as the ultimate goal of a female life. Such relationship is strong evidence that patriarchy is profoundly embedded in Thai culture.

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