Of Skin and Men

  • Julia Nauth Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
Keywords: Gender, Tunisian Film, Sexual Objectification, MENA, Film Analysis


This analysis discusses the sexual objectification of the Tunisian woman in the drama Of Skin and Men by director Mehdi Ben Attia. The film deals with the position of women in Tunisian society and offers an insight into the everyday life of the protagonist. In recent years, there have already been some academic discussions on feminist theories and publications on gender-based violence in the MENA
region. For this reason, the portrayal of women as the weaker sex should be considered from a media studies perspective. In this work it is argued that the protagonist is exposed to the sexual objectification, power and violence of the Tunisian man.

Author Biography

Julia Nauth, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

Julia Nauth is a Master's student of the course "Media and Cultural Practice" at the Philipps University of Marburg and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Her research interests include Gender Studies; especially the role of women in the MENA region and the representation of women in media formats.


How to Cite
NauthJ. “Of Skin and Men”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 14, July 2020, pp. 137-41, doi:10.17192/meta.2020.14.8274.
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