Domination Without Power:

Oleh :
Sri Kusumo Habsari - 196703231995122001 - Fak. Ilmu Budaya

Domestic violence arises from the imbalance power relation between husband and wife as the unequal access to resources. When a wife has better access to resources, it creates so powerful feeling that a husband then is in possibly position to be the victim of violence perpetrated by his wife. This article explores the reversal of domestic violence in which the victims are male and the perpetrators are wives represented in Sitcom Suami Suami Takut Istri. Unlike when the women are the victims, which mostly are represented stongly in the media as fragile figure and helpless victim, dominated husbands are represented in comical way as the wives domination is not absolute. Although the wives in the sitcom are dominating, basically their domination is without power. Women’s power produces ambivalence. This article demonstrates how the sitcom plays with the idea of power and domination in husband and wife relationship.