On Their Own: Contemporary Legends of Women Alone in the Urban Landscape (Essay) - Ethnologies

On Their Own: Contemporary Legends of Women Alone in the Urban Landscape (Essay)

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  • Release Date - Published: 2005-09-22
  • Book Genre: Social Science
  • Author: Ethnologies
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Cet article explore la tension entre les efforts que font les femmes pour trouver du temps pour elles-memes et les forts prejuges de la culture traditionnelle a l'egard des femmes passant du temps seules. En se basant sur vingt-et-une legendes contemporaines du site Internet Snopes (http:/ /www.snopes.com) qui met en scene des protagonistes feminines solitaires, il argumente le fait que ces recits representent une contestation sexuee de l'espace public. Se deroulant dans des voitures, des hotels, des centres commerciaux et dans le cyberespace, endroits que le sociologue Marc Auge (1995) appelle des non lieux , ces legendes previennent les femmes des dangers qui les guettent si jamais elles s'aventurent toutes seules dans le monde. En remettant en question le lieu d'appartenance des femmes, cet article parle des defis feminins a la domination masculine des espaces publics, tout en revelant en meme temps de puissantes defenses masculines. This article explores the tension between women's efforts to find rime for themselves and traditional culture's strong directives against women spending any time alone. Drawing on twenty-one contemporary legends from the Snopes website (http://www.snopes.com) that feature solitary female protagonists, it argues that the narratives demonstrate a gendered contestation of public space. Set in cars, hotels, shopping malls and in cyberspace, locations that sociologist Marc Auge (1995) describes as "non-places," these legends warn of the dangers that await women if they venture into the world alone. In addressing the question of where women belong, the texts speak of female challenges to male domination of public spaces at the same time they reveal powerful male defenses.

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