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Stereotypes: The Caucasus
(1,147 words)

As women are the sites onto which Caucasian traditions are inscribed, stereotypes play a special role with regard to gender. It is important to emphasize that stereotypes are not projected onto passive women; as mothers, sisters, and friends they play an active role in propagating stereotyped representations of themselves.

Perhaps the most dominant gender stereotype relates to women's virginity. Women are expected not to have sex before marriage, and if they do they are likely to be shunned by their community. Practice of course does not corre…

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Gould, Rebecca, “Stereotypes: The Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00369>
First published online: 2009

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