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Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma$
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Chie Ikeya

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834616

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834616.001.0001

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The Self-Indulgent Khit hsan thu

The Self-Indulgent Khit hsan thu

Culture, Nation, and Masculinity on Trial

(p.143) 6 The Self-Indulgent Khit hsan thu
Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma

Chie Ikeya

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines why the khit hsan thu and other variants of the fashionable female became the target of censorious and often misogynistic representations in the media. It considers various criticisms hurled against the khit hsan thuand their motivations, along with the social and political roles and meanings encoded in the bodily practices of the khit hsan thu. It discusses what were perceived to be fashionable women's sartorial habits and consumer practices and the claims that they were frivolous, self-indulgent, unpatriotic, and willing culprits of imperialist, capitalist, and Western modernity. It links the debate over the dress and comportment of the khit hsan thu as well as the discourse on the contentious feminine figure to the colonial politics of masculinity.

Keywords:   khit hsan thu, media, fashionable women, modernity, dress, women, feminine figure, politics, masculinity, fashion

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