Femicides, TV soap operas and “Turcomania”

“Have we ever wondered what is the worldview that is being constructed in these soap operas or soap operas, as they are called? Are we critical of this vision?

The “boom” of Turkish soap operas has generated what is called “Turkomania”, a little word that is gaining more and more strength in our society, men, women, children and even entire families are aware of the schedule and don’t want to miss a chapter. While true, it’s a global trend, in Panama the media where they are featured claim it’s here to stay. As a result of the advertising bombardment, we see Panamanians organizing holiday trips to Turkey.

An annual Google list of the most frequent queries in Panama and around the world, during the year 2020, highlights the section of: novels, series and television programs where the “1-2”, Hercai and Fazilet and their daughters. The why. You can imagine why the noise, right? What is undeniable is that at the time on the various networks, the two novels lead the dance.

It goes without saying that Turkey and its capital, Istanbul, also called Byzantium and Constantinople, have played a very important role in the history of humanity, and this is precious. Istanbul is a part European and part Asian city, representing the meeting point between two continents. The Bosphorus Strait currently plays a very important international geopolitical role, as it is the key point in the integration of Europe with Asia.

On the other hand, it is known that soap operas have a special place in the cultural industry, a term created by Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer at the beginning of the 20th century, and are designed with fiction and entertainment schemes, it is also true that they reproduce a specific worldview. But what is happening in Turkey with women?

For example, in Turkey femicide in 2021 was alarming, over 300 women were murdered in the same year the country withdrew from the Istanbul Convention on the Protection of Women, a fact repudiated in 2021 by Joe Biden , who called it “unwarranted”. “. And worst of all, the cases have been disguised as suicide.

“[…] in Turkey, femicide in 2021 was alarming, more than 300 women […] murdered the same year, the country withdrew from the Istanbul Convention on the Protection of Women, […]”

In recent years, the number of feminicides in the country has steadily increased due to the passivity of the government. Women’s advocacy platforms estimate that in 2020 nearly 400 women died at the hands of men. Regrettable.

Have you ever wondered what is the vision of the world that is built in these soap operas or soap operas, as they are called? Are we critical of this vision? We were appalled when a few days ago they found the remains of the young businesswoman from Chirica, an event classified as a femicide. And even more, when that same evening, at 8:10 p.m., on television, they presented a scene from one of these novels in which a man pointed the head of one of the protagonists to shoot him, reflecting the great suffering of the victim, although he decided to hit her and fire several shots at her side, it is unclear what happened in the end. A scary scene in itself and more right now.

The question that follows is: where did the 2011 television media self-regulation agreements go, which established schedules and some rules to avoid exposing the vulnerable population, where I played the role of mediator of the dialogue between the Government and the channels of TV ? Where is the compassion and empathy of the human being towards others? Are we only interested in selling or should we promote a mentally healthy society that is less violent and empathetic towards the country’s most vulnerable populations?

The answers are also in us “prosumers”, as we are now called, because we produce and consume messages, develop a critical attitude of vigilance and see beyond what the screen shows us.

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