In this article, I feel that Tania is focused on the plight of women from a largely different approach when compared to other feminists. The feeling of the text is a justification of the presence of soap operas in the local Television series as well as the argument that women are entitled to watch and fully enjoy the never ending conspiracies, theories, emerging subplots and villain characters. Behind this curtain of peer reviewed language, Tania cleverly crafts and supports a movement that otherwise just mentioned upfront would result to preconceived notions and prejudices when reading the work.
Paying tribute to lip service, the question of how women should be viewed and their roles in the family has been largely been dominated by patriarchy. The major efforts to decongest over reliance over the men’s major dominant view has been taken up by feminist who approach the subject under heavy words and options hence spoiling the intended work despite it being desirable. This is the main argument by Tania and she cites reason why modern melodrama in form of soap opera is a good and new ground to ‘liberate’ the woman.
She asserts that women being the machinations that run the house in that sense never realize full satisfaction since they suffer from loneliness when children leave and the husband is busy. At other times they are left only with the husband as a source of consolation just like the way the soap operas depict. She observes in the first lines that soap operas are watched in the highest percentage during the day and that female form the highest target number of these movies. This sets the reader anticipating why this observation.
First forward she offers a serious discussion full of other works cited to show that it dos not matter whether the masculine gender approves soap operas or not. The fact is that soap operas offer an alternative to female pleasures which are different from men and therefore must be allowed to carry on. This occurs to me as defense of what is purely identified by women all over the world and a statement of what feminism is.
Tania observes that the presentation of families without serious social stratification in soap operas where women take central role is a major credit to family setup. Their occurring on day time presents the housewife a time for entertainment amidst work because according to Tania, she doesn’t have enough or lacks time for that. Where the woman is presented as the passive source of wisdom for her children, is clear statement that she serves a role that is God guided and therefore every body draws from her well hence the society.
Accordingly therefore, I feel like she examines the role of the mother in the television. The mother is presented in two lenses where we have the passive feminine that supports her family by learned wisdom and guides them through their faults as opposed to the villain through the same wisdom who on the other hand manipulates the members of the family to her own conceived notions and inadequacies.
The depiction of villainess in the second lens, in a woman is a commentary that sometimes women are their own source of misery and evil. Anger emanates and is invested back to women. I feel the writer justifies that if the operas depict this to illustrate that the approach on feminism should not only be without but also from within. We as the readers do not have any business demonizing the life of a house wife under the tutelage of the television narrative in form of soap operas.
In her argument Tania revolves around the presentation of women in the modern 20th and 21st century as contrasted with the 19th century. The writer discusses the effects of personalized and intimate concerns that affect the world of the female as the center of any society. She argues that soap operas do not need to serve the purpose of commenting about the social problems of the society but rather should be a yard stick. This should continue just like the soap operas themselves.
Women’s lives are explained in terms of ‘connectedness’ and judging the unspoken emotions that they go through in their daily life. As is this is not enough, the writer supports her evidence by quoting other scholars that women live by distraction, repetition and interruption as is the opposite of men’s labor force which is based on continuous flow of energy use and thought day in day out.
This seems like a lamentation of motherhood where a woman serves as the center of problem solving starting from the children to the male adult in the house Thus her life is that of decentralized experience that gets interrupted now and often forcing her to abandon what she is doing to attend to a new ‘emergency’ which she argues is characteristic of the television experience of breaking the soap operas in interludes and commercial breaks. The writer supports the proliferation of soap operas in the day time as the exact need replica of a house wife’s way of life. She argues that she is experienced in what the soap operas offer and therefore politicians of even high profile art critics’ ca not understand this art. (Part III).
Part IV opens the reader’s eyes that the writer, Modleski, is rooting for feminism presence and the attention to women power. In the reading Tania comes across as a genius who values amicable and well thought out solutions. In this effort she down plays the forceful non strategic feminism that starts an attack without prepared defenses. She notes that soap operas may bring in the power of women politically through entertainment as a two way processes.
This article helps to put the strength across ‘women films’ that they should be limitless just like the soap opera and this should define the voice of how women should be seen, judged and allowed to behave. In a powerful commentary Tania observes that the narrative pleasure women get from the soap opera is furnished by extensive language exploitation backed by listening that does not compel one to do something.
In this remark, as it is interesting to note that she continues to empower women to use the power of language to propel forward the interests of women by creating a better tomorrow through its exploitation.
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