In Made in Bangkok, Anthony Minghella presents an accurate depiction of the sexualized gender notions that are the foundation and base for the society of Thailand. In this play, Minghella produces an accurate window into the cultural norms that have not only propelled the commercial sex industry, but have also indirectly created an environment in which the objectification and exploitation of human beings can occur. The continual reference to the commercial sex industry displays not only the normalness of the trade, but also the vital role the industry plays in enhancing and improving the economy of the country. The pervasiveness of this industry not only augments the sexualization of the female body, but also projects the notion of sex to be an implicit right in society. In addition, Minghella accurately describes the effects of how by erecting social constructions on gendered schemes and the commoditization of the female body, can leave men with the impression that the domination of these “objects” is essential to the fulfillment of their gender role. Furthermore, It is evident from the play that the cultural traditions and gendered social construction of Thailand have systemically restricted the notion of the abstract citizen from the female population, limiting the possibility for them to garner their inherent rights and privileges from the government. In addition, through the silent acceptance of the commercial sex industry by the society, the notion of citizenship has been limited and restricted for the female participants in the sex industry. Consequently, the inability to include women as full-fled citizens of Thailand conjoined with the normative conception of the female body as an object to be bought and bartered has re...
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...mportance to recognize that the gendered notion of citizenship in Thailand is propelling and promoting the degradation of women to point where they have become voiceless and immobilized creatures. This issue transcends the inability to establish interplay between the concept of an abstract citizen and the female gender, to an issue rooted in one’s ability to overlook the gendered nature of individuals, and perceive the humanity that is within all. With such a masculinist structure of government tied with a patriarchal-centered society, to overcome the gendered construct of society in Thailand, signs of resistance must take root. Similar to the act of resistance by Meena in the play, Minghella demonstrates that to combat the continuation of the commercial sex industry, movements both subtle and overt, must arise to reassert traditional female power and resilience.
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