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Title:The image of women as portrayed in pop songs: a contribution to the study of marginal literature
Author:Filmao, E.
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:Mozambique
songs (form)
Abstract:This article describes the portrayal of women in pop songs. It is based on fieldwork carried out in Beira, Mozambique, among 27 singer-songwriters, three of whom were women. From an examination of 106 songs (50 in the official language (Portuguese) and 56 in four local African languages from the centre and north of the country) the following images of women emerge: the gold-digger woman, the better-half woman, the cruel woman, the ideal-custodian-housewife woman, the invisible woman, the mother woman, the pleasure-object woman, and the personal-property woman. The author also quantifies the relationships between the images. The conclusion is that the images of the ideal-custodian-housewife woman, the mother woman and the personal-property woman are 'preferred', which is shown not only by their frequency but also by the reciprocal relationship between them. Bibliogr.