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Evil Interference in Political Affairs of Women? A Case Study of Candidates’ Wives in the 2014 Taipei Mayoral Election in Taiwan

Pei-Ci Li
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Abstract

Since the time of the ancient Chinese dynasties, it has been a taboo for women to interfere in political affairs. The demise of some dynasties was even attributed to trouble water, which means a beauty who ruins her country . However, has this phobia of women s involvement in politics finally become outmoded? This study examines the critiques about two candidates spouses Pei-Chi Chen, Wen-Jo Ko s wife, a paediatrician; and Patty Tsai, Lien Sean s spouse, a housewife during the 2014 Taipei Mayoral Election Campaign to investigate what the should- be images of women are when political affairs are concerned in present Taiwanese society. This study selects the media news during the three months before the election, the most competitive local election in Taiwan, as a corpus, using the names of these two candidates spouses as the target words. The results show that although Chen is praised as a good career woman who takes care of the household, her personal opinions expressed on Facebook are taken as an interference in her husband s career. Furthermore, she is attacked by the rival camp, which claims that she might meddle in future municipal affairs. In contrast, Tsai, a glamorous housewife, who supports her husband by smiling and seldom expresses her opinions publicly, is regarded favourably as a candidate s wife. This case illustrates that in Taiwanese society, the spouse of a politician is still expected to be silent and stay behind the scenes. When a professional woman expresses her opinions, she is vulnerable to being associated with a negative image that is used to depreciate her husband in an election. In addition, this study shows that women are still regarded as an appendage of men, serving as a tool that gives their husbands plus or minus points.
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hal-03764789 , version 1 (31-08-2022)

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Pei-Ci Li. Evil Interference in Political Affairs of Women? A Case Study of Candidates’ Wives in the 2014 Taipei Mayoral Election in Taiwan. Cathleen Allyn Conway. Lilith Rising: Perspectives on Evil and the Feminine, Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp.99-107, 2016, 978-1-84888-386-4. ⟨hal-03764789⟩
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