Even though her dumb blonde character does not prove it at the first glance, with this image, Monroe was an answer to the repressed female sexuality and social norms against woman. Although she represented an extreme femininity through media with her voluptuous body, seductive laugh and flirtatious acting, she can be considered as “masculine” for her age. Her attitude of being in charge of her own decisions in her career, her liberty in sexual life and her image that contrasts an expected woman figure by the society verifies that she in fact carries “masculine” characteristics in her personal life in contrast to her representation on the media. Despite her image as a dumb blonde in cinema sector, Marilyn Monroe planned and led the decisions on her career life by herself as it would be expected from a man –owner of the phallus, owner of
In the 1970s, El Topo was the favorite movie in cult genre, because the film was so weird. This movie was about “Spiritual Western” which showed about religious representation and occult descriptions. El Topo was full of clear sexual scenes and some episodes showed spiteful violence. 6. Celine and Julie Go Boating
Female characters propagate sex-positivity through their sexualization, and utilize it as a tool of shaping solidarity by eradicating the double standard concerned with male and female bodies (Pratl, 2009). Axel Alonso’s (2014) previous comments on the impossibility of “not sexualizing comic characters” are affirmed, as he mentions that not only physical ability and appearance take part in defining a character, but sex appeal as well. The argument that sexualizing female comic characters only leads to sexual objectification can only be countered by the cast of dynamic female characters the world of comics has to offer. Catwoman is an astute example of a multifaceted, well-rounded character that utilizes her sexuality to empower her and overthrow
Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
“Anticivilization emotions don’t go away and they demand periodic exercise”(King, 2013). Therefore, horror movies present a perfect opportunity for these emotions to exercise. I am an ardent fan of horror films, and I can relate to this argument. Exploring the Dark Side in US
The main difference between these two genres of female-oriented manga, however, lies in the degree of realism portrayed. While ladies’ comics do represent women “actively pursuing their own sexual pleasure, taking the initiative in sexual experimentation and otherwise negotiating heterosexual relationships in a world of gender inequalities”, they do not remove the gender binary of the real world as BL comics do. Of course, given that the Japanese society “still values sexual inexperience in females”, ladies’ comics’ depiction of female sexual desire and adventurousness can be considered subversive. Yet, its characters and settings prevent radical change and continue to perpetuate the existing gender order precisely because they are rooted in the real world. BL manga, on the other hand, grants female readers the power to look at men without fear of being looked-at – freeing themselves as objects of male sexual desire.
In “All About Eve”, Mankiewicz’s depiction of female characters who act blurs the line between theater and life by exploring the notion of reality and appearances – Eve Harrington, for example, in her act of deceit, pretended to be (and therefore played the role of) a young widow to gain the sympathy of the other characters. In “All About My Mother”, however, we see an additional gendered layer to this theatricality – while the film has a female protagonist who is involved with acting and the theater as well, what was more obviously “camp” in the film is arguably the presence of transsexual characters such as Agrado. Not only does the presence of Agrado amongst the ‘real’ women reveal the everyday performance of ‘gender’, his assertion that “you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being” further emphasizes on the artificiality of life in the specific context of being a member of the LGBT community. In light of the aforementioned discussion and analysis of the two movies, it is clear that while artificiality can be said to be one of the “camp” sensibility’s most basic form, an additional layer of creation and interpretation can be produced from the LGBT viewpoint to include the specific topic of gender as
A dream of dark and troubling things: Eraserhead and the midnight film phenomenon. It's midnight in the Elgin theatre in New York, 1977, and a group of no more than 30 people keep their eyes glued to the screen getting ready to watch the film that continues the midnight film phenomenon; David Lynch's, Eraserhead. It's not a hot ticket and with very little advertising, the film depends solely on word of mouth for it's survival. Luckily, the key to success of a midnight movie is the film's connection to its audience and the servile devotion of its fans. And that is exactly the case with Eraserhead.
King also explains our mental insanity through “sick jokes” in which he explains jokes that are harsh although we find them funny. King believes that watching horror movies and stating sick jokes allowed us to release our insanity. I do not believe that horror movies help us stay lucid. I actually believe that horror movies can lead to violence and affects a person’s mental status. King states that horror movies keep the “hungry alligators” under control.
It encourages violence as opposed and oppression as opposed to the equality that the feminist movement intended. IV. How the Current State of the Market Encouraged Taylor Swift’s Feel-Good Feminism Selling sex to selling activism as a strategy Taylor Swift wasn’t always the ‘feminist’ that she claims to be, before her ‘empowering’ award speeches and squads, the young icon said in an interview that she does not want to be called a feminist. Marketplace feminism, based on Zeisler’s book, We Were Feminists Once, is a form of “branding feminism as an identity that anyone can and could consume.” The boom of feminism in pop culture led Taylor Swift and many artists went with the ‘trend’ that is feminism. Yet, majority fail to discuss sensitive issues that the media might think will not go well the audiences.
He spoke to me as though people did not bear any distinctive or unique traits within the ethnic group that they identify with. The idea that a man would be interested in a girl solely because of the color of her skin and have absurd expectations to impose upon her is wrong, and it’s disgusting. Yellow fever stems from ideas and generalizations derived from archaic traditions and mainstream media that we are submissive, exotic, and eager to please. It is impossible to Google the term “Asian girl” without Asian specific porn websites, special dating services, and countless inappropriate images. As for television and movies, Asian women are portrayed as flat, two-dimensional characters, with few distinctive traits.
She also address how feminism is slipping away as those girls sell their bodies and losing their dignity and respect. Pink speaks to girls not to conform to society and don’t have dehumanize their bodies just to be accepted by society. Another song that feeds the listeners with positivity is “Perfect.” In this song she send the message that we are perfect just the way we are. In the song she address how we have negative self-talk (especially girls) because we perfect already. These are couple of many songs that have deep, powerful messages that no other pop star sings about.
However, this description proves the opposite; the scarlet hose oversexualize her, and the rest of her description describes the ideal women during this time period. He says she has “gap-teeth, set widely, truth to say...large hips, her heels spurred sharply,”(line 478-483), attributes that men yearned for in a woman. Women dreamed of appearing curvy and having gap teeth so that men would marry them. Therefore, since the Wife posses these attributes it makes her a stereotype for women of this time not a feminist
And again, TV commercials and magazine ads are stereotypical when it comes down to really showing how a woman should look. Women are depicted as having an hourglass figure, perfect makeup, fancy clothes and expensive jewelry could skew people into believing that this is what "beautiful" looks like. It can also mess with people 's beliefs about love and how relationships should be. For example, a movie could depict a woman being in a committed relationship but then starts having feelings for another and leaves her current boyfriend for the new one. Although it would be unlikely, it is entirely possible for some women to believe that it would be normal for them to do that and it could also make men believe that women are untrustworthy and that they should always be suspected of cheating on them.