Making Decision: Masculine Women in Indonesian Movies


Gender is understood as a cultural concept that seeks to make a distinction in terms of roles, behavior, mentality, and emotional characteristics between the sexes of men and women. In society, gender tends to implicate feminine traits in women and masculine traits in men.
One of the fundamental but significant masculine traits is the courage to make decisions. Courage in decision-making is often associated with local cultural norms. People living in urban areas normalize differences and the courage to express opinions on both men and women. In contrast to communities in suburban/rural areas where decision-making is usually in the hands of parents and or community leaders, while women are only asked to follow directions without any space to express opinions and make their own decisions. The research aims to find out the representation of masculinity of female actors in Indonesian movies i.e. Yuni and Penyalin Cahaya. This study uses the semiotic method of Roland Barthes by observing signs, codes/systems, and culture. This research found differences in the characteristics of Yuni and Suryani's courage in making decisions to express their opinions. Even though Yuni has the courage to refuse marriage proposals, she who lives in the suburbs of Banten cannot openly express her opinion on her life choices. In contrast to Suryani, who lives in Jakarta, she is brave and insists on continuing to fight for the truth of the sexual case that happened to her, even though she is under pressure from outsiders.

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Ratna Permata Sari, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: MediAsia2023
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies

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Sari R. (2023) Making Decision: Masculine Women in Indonesian Movies ISSN: 2186-5906 – The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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