Do you agree that “Female performers do not conceal their identity. There is no secrecy”?
In reference to performing ancestry (70), Bettelheim thinks women perform self in reference to their ancestry. Does this statement coincide or disagree with what we read about the lineage of authorship in African pots from our last reading?
Bettelheim seems to have a very literal interpretation of “hiding” oneself in masquerade, i.e. men hide themselves with a literal mask. Do you agree with Bettelheim’s literal interpretation of masquerade?
Do you think that our perception of the masquerades of other cultures is tainted by our Western ways?
By Bettelheim’s logic, women who do not cover their faces in a masquerade take control of their sexuality and are therefore outside of the conventions of the patriarchy. Are modern day sexualized dancers (read: strippers) outside the conventions of the patriarchy?