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Volume :30 Issue : 120 2012      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Image of Women in Yemeni Proverbs

Auther : Nada Qanbar

This paper attempts to study the image of women in Yemeni proverbs and whether this image changes with age and social role. Women's image in the Yemeni proverbs has been found to have two sides: the negative side which occupies the major part, and the positive one which is marginal and extremely weak. Almost all proverbs degrade and devalue women. This negative image is deeply ingrained in the society and does not change with their age or social role. The paper takes a step further and investigates the contemporary perception of the males and females in the society in these proverbs. The author designed a questionnaire which includes some Yemeni proverbs on women, and administered it to 50 males and 50 females. It was found that both sexes approved of the negative image of women in the proverbs with varying degrees, which clearly shows that, besides being a patriarchal society, women also may seem to acquiesce in the stereotypical denunciation of women and gender discrimination ideologies against women through their socializing role at home. 
Keywords: Proverbs, Culture, discrimination, image of women, oral tradition, Language.
 

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