The Body of Women As Property in “Uang Panai” Movie


Every place, especially in Indonesia, have their own ritual in order to propose the marriage to the woman. As one of the most famous phenomenon in Indonesia, Uang Panai as Bugis-Makassar tradition is referring to the money which provided by the man who will marry the woman in South Sulawesi. Further, this phenomenon is always being talked not only by the society of South Sulawesi but also out of South Sulawesi. On the other hand, the phenomenon of Uang Panai is always related to the the position of men, then it is stereotyped as a burdensome thing for men to propose bugis women. Therefore, this research aims to analyze the role and position of woman through the script movie of “Uang Panai” (2016) by using the Patriarchy theory of Sylvia Walby. Movie is a visualisation and representation of society, as showed in “Uang Panai” movie which tells that Bugis women can be married based on the nominal of Uang Panai that provided by men. Thus women no longer have rights over themselves, and ultimately their bodies are considered to be property by men because of the ownership of men to women. Then it breaks the essence of Uang Panai as a form of an appreciation and proof of the prospective groom to brides because it is shifted into standardization of social class proof.

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Aryana Nurul Qarimah, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2018
Stream: Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies*

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