Sunday, March 11, 2012
Switching Gender Roles in Khaliji Drama
The typical love story in Khaliji TV series is that of perfectly masculine man and a woman struggling with her femininity. Switching gender roles plays a vital role in turning the plot to the advantages of the lovers. According to Cinematic Sociology by Jean-Ann Sutherland and Kathryn Feltey: Gender is not just an identity or a status, it is continual process of negotiation; gender is something we do. (p.110) For a relationship to work, the man and the woman have to be profoundly different, more different than alike. If both the man and the woman are depicted as masculine there will be no chemistry between the both whatsoever. Zwarat Al-khamees is a Kuwaiti TV series that depicts a great example of this typical romance. The show talks about the brother/sister (brother) relationship between two cousins. The young woman (Moza) plays the role of the tomboy that helplessly falls in love with the cousin (Ez) she grew up with.