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Title:The Moudawana syndrome: gender trouble in contemporary Morocco
Author:Boutouba, Jimia
Periodical:Research in African literatures
Geographic term:Morocco
gender relations
legal reform
family law
About person:Zakia Tahiri
External links:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v045/45.1.boutouba.pdf
Abstract:The present article examines the way Zakia Tahiri's film Number One (2009) foregrounds a renewed understanding of gender and gender relations in contemporary Morocco, especially in the wake of the New Family Code Reform (Moudawana), which has revolutionized women's status by increasing their power in the private as well as the public spheres. Tahiri uses subversive comedy to challenge traditional views and constructions of male and female roles, to expose and dismantle the normative constructions of masculinity, and to promote the emergence of a new social frame. Number One remains embedded in the present, posing crucial questions about the masculine, the feminine, and patriarchal organization through a comic frame. It documents the social fabric, outlining the gender and class disparities that continue to plague the country, the domination of the bourgeoisie, and the yawning gap between the privileged and the under-privileged. At the same time, it shows the changes that have already taken place, such as the important economic role that women have come to play. It makes vivid a variety of intertwined features of urban Morocco in the era of globalization, illustrating its economic impact, the global movement of ideas, images, and commodities, along with other social pressures. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]