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F prostitution coupled with music and dance performances had ancient roots in South Asia Regardless of the stigma attached to prostitution it has given birth for centuries to many well know The subject matter is rich and fascinating but I found the author s handling of her material a little disappointing While I understand that she was trying for an informal tone I would have appreciated a bit exposition upfront about the social structure of the Mohalla Also there were several passages where polemic is disguised as a long conversation in which everyone agrees with one another

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Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area

N performing artists The book paints a realistic picture of the phenomenon through the stories of the people living there the musicians the prostitutes and their pimps managers and customer A book based on a Socioligists time spent in the Red Light District in Pakistan The culture the tradition and the cruelties imposed on women who are prostitutes The societies that look the other way from such atrocities being committed being the same that freuent the area and make it profitable A real look at prostitution in Pakistan and in South Asia overall

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The book is a journey of discovery into the infamous red light district of Lahore Pakistan known as the Shahi Mohalla the Royal Bazaar of Heera Mandi the market of diamonds The phenomenon o Saeed s book is really a study of the Red Light District of Lahore Pakistan It is a story about a group of people who should not exist under the law of the land and whose way of life is threaten and changed by those same laws Traditionally prostitution and singingdancing were linked in Pakistan according to Saeed but over time the women in the district realize that it isn t the traditional songs and dancing that attract the men and traditional music gives way to Bollywood hits Further the power structure shifts In the District a girl is highly prized because she will be able to continue the family tradition ie prostitution This is because the musicians are men from another family line caste than prostitutes What Saeed reveals is how both prostitution and traditional role of women is constricting and dehumanizing If you are interested in the debate over legalization of prostitution you should read this book


10 thoughts on “Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area

  1. says:

    This an intriguing book detailing a woman's view of the Red Light District of Lahore It is literally like look into a test tube from the outside as the many secrets and cultures of the notorious neighbourhood in LahoreWe are taken on

  2. says:

    decent bookdancing girls of lahore was bettergood researchwritten from a completely feminist perspectiveso don't completely agree w the author's theorieseasy read but redundant at partshaha having gone through a women n gender studies programi think i need to revise my reviewas now i'm comfortable w the term feministand

  3. says:

    Saeed’s book is really a study of the Red Light District of Lahore Pakistan It is a story about a group of people who should not exist under the law of the land and whose way of life is threaten and changed by those same laws Traditionally prostitution and singingdancing were linked in Pakistan according to Saeed but over time the women i

  4. says:

    Taboo is one of a kind for me in that it's the only book that I have read on this topic so far Fouzia Saeed has managed to reproduce her interaction with the people living in the Shahi Mohalla without bias or judgement; indeed at times it seems morally bland This however is a reason to celebrate this book The book comprises of the author's i

  5. says:

    The subject matter is rich and fascinating but I found the author's handling of her material a little disappointing While I understand that she was trying for an informal tone I would have appreciated a bit exposition upfront about the social structure of the Mohalla Also there were several passages where polemi

  6. says:

    I liked Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area because the author spent several hours talking interviewing and resear

  7. says:

    Taboo is thorough well researched and backed by facts and history In addition it not only provides insights to th

  8. says:

    A good and thorough research into a topic avoided by the “civilised” people of the society because perhaps it would expose them and their hypocrisy Music dance and sex is and will always be part of our culture trying to pretend otherwise is hypocrisy Lahore’s red light area has produced some phenomenal artists and it deserves respect and protection Brave study by a brave intellectual Thank you

  9. says:

    A book based on a Socioligists time spent in the Red Light District in Pakistan The culture the tradition and the cruelties imposed on women who are prostitutes The societies that look the other way from such atrocities being committed being the same that freuent the area and make it profitable A real look at pro

  10. says:

    There are some books which break the stereotypes you have ingrained and provide you an insight that changes the way you see yourself and the world around you This book “TABOO the hidden culture of red light area” is one of those books We have all heard the word “prostitute” mostly as a slang but nonetheless we   often hear it but it is rarely that we think of them as humans as part of the society Tal