Women’s Resistance in Indonesian Folklore “Timun Mas”

Women’s Resistance, Indonesian Folklore, Timun Mas, Feminism.

Authors

  • Bety Komala Sari
    betykomala.2019@student.uny.ac.id
    Postgraduate Student, Indonesian Language and Literature Education, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia
  • Kastam Syamsi Postgraduate Lecturer, Indonesian Language and Literature Education, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia
August 14, 2022

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This study aims to reveal women's resistance to patriarchal domination in Timun Mas's folklore. This study uses a feminist approach to discuss the resistance that women do to defeat patriarchal domination. The data analysis used in this study is descriptive and qualitative. The results of this study show that women and their mothers managed to defeat the patriarchal dominance depicted through the character of Buto Ijo. Buto ijo is a representation of patriarchal domination that existed in society at that time so that female figures resisted the domination that limited it. The resistance carried out by Timun Mas was carried out in the following ways, (1) defending by outsmarting Buto Ijo, (2) fighting him directly using sprinkling bags that grow vines, throwing salt and paste on Buto Ijo, (3) The female character dares to resist domination and is able to decide on a personal decision to seize her right to stay alive. Thus it can be concluded that women are objects of men, which results in women being dominated to give up their lives to eat. Thus, with this dominance, women need to fight and fight for their rights.