M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

Book - 1988
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c1988
Branch Call Number: 812 H991
Characteristics: 100 p., [4 p. of plates] : ill. ; 22 cm

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Jun 29, 2015

A fascinating deconstruction of the cultural interactions between the East and the West. An incredible, subversive play that explores reality and fantasy while revealing sexual and racial oppression. 10/10, highly recommended

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Jun 29, 2015

"As soon as a Western man comes into contact with the East -- he's already confused. The West has sort of an international rape mentality towards the East. ...Basically, 'Her mouth says no, but her eyes say yes.' The West thinks of itself as masculine -- big guns, big industry, big money -- so the East is feminine -- weak, delicate, poor...but good at art, and full of inscrutable wisdom -- the feminine mystique. Her mouth says no, but her eyes say yes. The West believes the East, deep down, wants to be dominated -- because a woman can't think for herself. ...You expect Oriental countries to submit to your guns, and you expect Oriental women to be submissive to your men."

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