As comics have evolved, the female superheroes have been written to become solid characters independent of their male counterparts. However, despite this progression, women in comics continue to be illustrated as sexy, voluptuous, and alluring. They demonstrate strength and independence, but for the male reader, mostly sexual appeal. “If anything, the comics of today are more blatantly sexist and provocative than ever. For every positive female role model, two negative ones can be found” (Lavin 97).
Newt is characterised very similarly to Ripley, she is analytical and surprisingly independent for her age. An example of Newt showing her calm courageous nature is when in the last few scenes of the film where the Alien queen sets out to kill Newt instead of giving up she proceeds to hide in the floor avoiding the alien as it rips the floor up while quick thinking Ripley takes control of the situation by picking a fight with the Queen and saving both Newt and herself. Thus proving that the female characters in Aliens are definitely without a doubt more powerful than the men. As well as Newt and Ripley there is another Powerful female character, Private Vasquez, Vasquez is a quick and vicious soldier. She is tough even by the standards of this group.
Hollywood has always done a terrible job of depicting real women in film, and although his work has a somewhat misogynistic reputation, Alfred Hitchcock has done so much involving the progression of female roles in Hollywood cinema. Although many of his female victims wind up dead, the survivors have lots of power – and without reliance on their male counterparts. Women remain the central focus in many of Hitchcock’s films, not just because of their beauty, but because the narrative is dependent on them. When you look at his work in the context of this specific Hollywood era, Hitchcock’s female characters are very much out of the ordinary. Looking past the obvious presence of gender roles (male and female) that just so happened to be a part of the social norm during that time, Hitchcock sought to represent women with having more depth, realism, and independence than ever before in women in Hollywood.
Women being depicted as passive sexual objects is nothing new in the media or in the patriarchal society we live in but what is, is the shift over the years from women being as passive objects of the male gaze to now sexually agentic in their sexualisation (Halliwell et al., 2011). With the help of the feminist movement, sexism and sexual objectification of women was brought to attention and thus traditional advertisements were heavily critiqued for their sexist and objectifying images of women. Although we still have sexist advertisements that objectify women, most contemporary or post-feminist advertisements now depict women as not only independent and powerful but also encourage women to partake in their own sexualisation in the name of
With renewed self-confidence, she becomes strong enough to defeat the alien and decides she wants to be a superheroine. Unlike in the comics, Superman does not forbid her to use her powers, but stays completely out of her decision making process, so she only learns afterwards that he was keeping an eye on her, wanting her to decide on her own (“Pilot” Supergirl 43:46).
A women might run for high political office, but there is almost always analysis about whether she is sexy, too(page 512, Everything’s An Argument),” Hanes explains about how women are sexualized within television. This shows that sexualization is hard to escape for women of all ages. If they want to aspire to be something they are being told to be sexy to get it. This is seen all through out pop culture and, as said before, seen especially in social media. Hanes writes about her readings of Ms. Steiner-Adair’s about girls and social media in her article Little Girls or Little Women?
The purpose of this ethos is how female characters are perceived by the public. Highlighting the word “equality” in McDougall’s last paragraph, and make a compare to gender equality - a problem that has been highly valued and hotly debated. When referring to this issue, is there going to be some audience who think that there 's a gender inequality in a movie where the female characters are not as strong as the male characters? The answer is negative. Michael Scott’s claimed a point in goodreads, and I think it would be a good critical way to give an explanation of Mcdougall’s idea; she saying “a female character is strong is a double standard because it’s the same thing as saying that women are, by default, weak”, continually she added “to love them for all their strengths and in spite of all of their weaknesses” and the most important is “to courageous humans who struggle with both their powers and their defects, who frequently make mistakes”
For centuries women have been fighting an ongoing battle for their equal rights, in film it is we can see how strong actress have broken through barriers and dominated the films we watch, Like helena bonham carter, angelina jolie. Now, i didn't want to talk about female involvement in film , because that is topic that answers itself: I want to take the approach of the representation of the female gender in the films we watch. These Women stated above would not have been where they are if it wasn't for the early female actresses like Bette Davis ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’, Dorothy Mcguire ‘A Tree Grows In Brooklyn’. Actresses that paved the way and put their marked on the film industry have allowed fresh talent to now take hold of roles that represent issues that are concurrent in society. The theory gender in today's world is still almost a grey area, its almost split between what we think should be shown to our children and youth but also split in to habits that are limiting and still questionable.
The same goes with Jean Grey when she gains her immense and unstable powers to become Phoenix. Even though she is hesitant to go to the X-Men in times of need, they are there for her. The strong feminism of Storm and Phoenix gives them a unique relationship with the rest of the X-Men. The X-Men treats both Storm and Phoenix as equal to the other members, despite not being the person the other members want them to
They found that often powerful women are portrayed as “bad” as opposed to powerful men roles that are viewed as more positive. Sutherland, et al warns that the presentation of powerful women in films is complex and not straightforward. They give examples of different movies that portray powerful women and offer analysis of characters that were powerful women, but viewed as evil or mean such as in, The Devil wears Prada; the main character in this film is presented as a masculine women who exploits the less powerful. This portrayal gives the impression that business women in a powerful position can be mean and it’s not a very desirable role. However, as the authors discuss, a man in a similar role would be characterized as strong and an effective leader.