By Wil Burghoorn
This quantity brings jointly a magnificent array of across the world well-known students from around the globe to check the numerous points of gender politics in Asia. Its primary challenge is how girls in a number of gendered contexts in Asia place themselves within the (re)production of gender kinfolk, and the way they manoeuver so as to guard or regulate those. It covers fields as assorted because the use of gown as a political weapon, the perform of therapeutic as an oblique problem to the dominant gender and political orders, and spiritual ordination as a fight for fairness in Buddhism.
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Extra resources for Gender politics in Asia: women manoeuvring within dominant gender orders
The militant nuns were very visible in the protest politics of the martial law era up to the 986 revolution. The nuns were remarkable for their consistent and brave support for the victims of martial law; they supported all victims regardless of ideological position or religious and political beliefs, so long as they were victims of social injustice or violations of human rights. Nuns risked their lives and protected men and women – those who were victims of martial law, especially political detainees, labourers on strike (strikes were illegal during martial law) and members of minority ethnic groups threatened with loss of their ancestral lands.
This was a traditional form of Kalinga protest used only as a last resort and only in extremely serious situations to drive away intruders. According to oral testimonies, the last time this had been used was back when the Spanish conquistadores arrived in Benguet in the sixteenth century, attracted by the gold mines of Benguet (interview, Vernie Yocogan-Diano, 2003). The Spanish colonizers in the Philippines were never really able to conquer the Cordillera. The women’s use of undress as a protest strategy had the particular aim of shaming the engineers (and the military sent to protect them) into abandoning the Chico Dam project.
2: Suffragist Dr Encarnacion Alzona in a cartoon by Gat, for The Manila Chronicle (no date), from the Encarnaction Alzona Papers, Ateneo Library of Women Writers (ALIWW), Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. indd 19 14/3/08 12:39:09 Gender Politics in Asia 930s (and even beyond) was rural scenes featuring this dalagang (Tagalog: ‘maiden’) Filipina dressed in a traditional balintawak or kimona (variations of the national attire but less formal than the terno), shy, smiling, timid, posed against the backdrop of a never-changing romantic, rural landscape.