The Free Girl that is mentioned in the title of both of these papers refers to a popular Turkish musician; Nil Karaibrahimgil who first started to work in media industry in the advertisement sector; and then wrote and sang the songs of a cell phone advertisement campaign; at the same time she appeared on the visual materials as a drifter on the eastern part of the country singing âI am freeâ âthat caused her to be known as the âFree Girlâ until her debut album was publicized. In this paper I will try to explore the anti-feminist discourse generated by and with one of the white-st and free-st urban female image in Turkish popular cultural scene and the dissonance of her adventures as a drifter in the rural and relatively less-developed areas of the country as opposed to her urban identity; by following the cell phone advertisements that she took part in. These cell phone advertisements are later designed as a love story and after a while moved into the city scene where a handsome boy tries to follow the cues and reach her; as the âstoryâ unfolds âepisodesâ become more urban and concomitantly much more complex and fast.
Starting with her image in the advertisements; she constantly tries to show to the Turkish audience how different she is; how she can do everything she wants; how she is free from all traditional bounds; which are also emphasized in her album titles; covers and lyrics; and self-made unusual costumes as well as her remarks on the related subjects in the various TV and newspaper interviews. That seemingly free and resistant attitude falls apart when it comes to deal with the traditional norms; roles and values of being female in the given social context where she confronts with different social groups in front of the public. Therefore; I would like to discuss her urban; free and challenging public image which is elaborately âas it is claimed to be- free from any political view âespecially feminism- and at the same time explicitly and implicitly negotiating with the existing social and cultural values of being a female with all the possibilities and the limitations Istanbul offers to women today.
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