8855 - "Qué es clitoris?" - "What is clitoris?"

Two young female anthropologists – one colombian and one austrian – confront people on the streets of Bogotá in Colombia with the question written in the title. By doing so, they face them with a taboo. The survey leads the two investigators through diverse districts of the city and to some colorful characters. The search is recorded with a camera and a microphone. Bizarre answers, unexpected reactions and also surprising sincerity show social norms and uncover idealised visions of gender and female sexuality. The taboo which rides on female pleasure is displayed – but also the strategies that are invented to confront a restriction that has been built up and passed on over centuries. Not least, the film encourages to confront role models and taboos which are established in one´s own culture and to question them. After the presentation of the 9-minute Short Film I want to discuss if a street survey, recorded on a camera, can be representative for culturally inherent visions of gender. Moreover, the role of the european filmmaker interacting with colombian subjects will be questioned, focusing on the issue of representation.

Palabras claves: Gender, Sexuality, Visual Anthropology

Autores: Haidacher, Caroline (none, Austria / Österreich)


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