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Feminism is working and the male space was almost deleted within the Bengali imagined community. Since 19th C., super-males were spending calories for woman emancipation. What is the psychological status of such super-males? The semantics of some condemned public-sphere-words ( anti-language a la Halliday; antonyms of super-males) that targeted against testis-poisoning were discussed to understand the misandrous (imagined) Bengali-bhadralok-mindset, the worshipers of the goddesses at the crossroads and at a time exploiters of woman and that is a long history from Sati-burning to female feticide or malnutrition of woman. The simultaneous worshiping and annihilating women led to uncontradictory contradictions or a type of aporia from the part of the Bengali males. The construction of Bengali “male” was analyzed in this Bangla paper by analyzing the discursive formations of 20th C. Bangla literary texts that had revealed some salient features of parasitic Bengali bhadraloks’ [gentrified males] performance anxiety [as they were subscribed to super womanhood, that, paradoxically enough, was merged with super-male], woman-phobia, etc. The author also counter-questioned the Freudian ‘penis envy’ by deploying the supplementary concept of ‘breast envy’. He also discussed the indeterminacy of sex-gender/nature-culture binaries following Derridean deconstructive strategy. This paper on “Masculinity Studies” inaugurates a new disciplinary technology in the Bangla academiocracy.
Please note that the usage of prohibited words in this “scientific” writing is for the sake of scientia sexualis, the proliferation (not “repression”) of which is now a “common secret”. Thanks to Foucault!
Note: The paper is written in Bangla.
Note: Downloadable document is in Bangladesh.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: super-male, Anti-language, misandrous (imagined) Bengali-mindset, aporia, scientia sexualis, performance anxiety, discursive formations, penis envy vs.breast envy
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