The claim that women in South Asia, including Bangladesh, are subordinate to men is hardly a new one. Yet our understanding of the intricate mechanisms that maintain the unequal power structure between men and women is still limited. In this chapter, I shall focus on a dimension largely ignored in previous studies of South Asian women: appearance and more particularly skin colour, and its role in identity formation.
Coming of Age in South and Southeast Asia: Youth, Courtship and Sexuality p. 42-57
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