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The Virgin and the Whore: Looking at the Good and the Bad Woman in Thai folktales

by on Jul 23, 2012

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Good and evil, heaven and hell, beauty and beast, angel and demon, virgin and whore – the oppositional thinking dominating gender debates in Thailand today can be traced back to the country’s ...

Good and evil, heaven and hell, beauty and beast, angel and demon, virgin and whore – the oppositional thinking dominating gender debates in Thailand today can be traced back to the country’s literary and artistic traditions. This paper looks at how Thai folktales portray the good woman and the bad woman by examining their traits and their relations with the men in their life. Conversely, it also examines how the depiction of female characters contributes to the way Thai women view themselves and their relations with men.

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