A Discourse Analysis of Women Sexuality in the Lyrics of an Anonymous Turkish Folk Song


  • Süleyman Kasap Van Yüzüncü Yıl University




discourse analysis, patriarchal control over woman's sexuality, folk songs, gendered double standards, women virginity and purity


This qualitative study examines the gender dynamics and societal expectations embedded within a traditional song and its associated story. Focusing on the themes of virginity and women purity, the research investigates the power structures, control, and cultural implications reflected in the narrative. Through a comprehensive literature review, we explore existing scholarship on gender studies and societal norms surrounding virginity. The song and story are analyzed, highlighting the depiction of the character Nazife, a fifteen-year-old girl whose worth is tied to her virginity. Drawing upon gender theories, feminist theory and intersectionality, the study critically deconstructs the societal norms and power dynamics present in the narrative. The research uncovers a patriarchal notion that women sexuality is controlled by men, who act as gatekeepers of a woman's virtue. Moreover, the study examines the social stigma and shaming faced by women who do not conform to traditional expectations of purity. By analyzing the cultural and historical context, the study provides insights into the gendered dynamics prevalent during the song's origin. This research contributes to the understanding of how societal constructs impact women's agency and the importance of challenging gender norms to achieve gender equality.


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How to Cite

Kasap, S. (2024). A Discourse Analysis of Women Sexuality in the Lyrics of an Anonymous Turkish Folk Song. Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Women’s Studies, 24(2), 101–118. https://doi.org/10.33831/jws.v24i2.470