Domestic violence is one such important issue which has been taken as the main theme in many movies. Films are considered as cultural artefacts and therefore the directors find it the best medium of representing the social and cultural reality of the domestic life of women in most of the Indian households. Advait Chandan’s directorial debut, Hindi movie Secret Superstar is a realistic film which deals with the issues of domestic violence and oppressive patriarchy. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the movie Secret Superstar from a feminist angle and explore the subtle nuances of a woman’s life which is best represented in the film by the two major characters Insia and Najma. The former is forced always to abide by the rules and regulations of the patriarchal society and the latter who even performs her womanly duties faithfully is the victim of
Hosseini illustrates the struggle of women and their endurance of being treated as second hand citizens through his female lead characters. An important theme he displays is the importance of education in woman and the effects it has on a
The media has long been recognized as important source of gender related information, television and cinema specifically influences its audience in a considerable way. (Denmark and Paludi 2008). With regards to the concept of gender cinema can offer a space where ambiguities of identities are played out; understanding the play of the categories of femininity and masculinity is very important in evaluating our own understandings of gender and how we react to different representations of it (Tasker 2002).If a film can show different individuals and we can recognize how social forces shape and constrain the individual according to classifications of gender it narrates an experience where we experience the film as gendered viewers. Film reflects and generates out own experience of gender over and above out own recognition and observation of it. (Pomerance 2001). Gender itself is a very complex concept to understand and portray onscreen, the concept of gender performativity was introduced by Judith butler in her book Gender Trouble: Gender Performance and Performativity.
In each woman’s encounter with their personal challenge, this goal is expressed in a form specific to them. Audiences see this interest of reaching equal status conveyed through the work and intentions the women produce. The female characters present a side to themselves that, at times, switch the gender roles their society is accustomed to. At other points, women’s abilities to lead in times of distress or confusion establish themselves as the same types of leaders that society grows to associate with men. Finally, the female character’s voicing of society’s unjust contradictory standards for women furthers paints the idea of a movement towards equality.
It’s a classic comparison. Ancient vs modern. Misogyny vs liberation through love. The Taming of The Shrew vs 10 Things I Hate About You. Are these films love stories about men liberating women, or are they exercises in misogyny? The truth is, they are different films, made for different audiences, and when compared, the misogynistic contrast is evident between eras. The Taming Of The Shrew, filmed in 1967 by Franco Zeffirelli , depicts the extreme sexism of a classic William Shakespeare romance. Following the life of Katharina Minola, Zeffirelli’s film explores several themes, such as power, love, femininity, masculinity, dowry and relationships, all of which are prevalent in misogyny, when being displayed in the film. The plot generally stays true to the original text written by William Shakespeare in the 1590’s, and in this time the behaviours that are now considered misogynistic, were considered normal. Opposing this, is Gil Junger’s 1999 film, 10 Things I Hate
The film, based upon dialogue, use of imagery between the lead characters, and just the overall plot structure, suggests that the roles of the characters offer new possibilities. Like other films in Hollywood over the years, rather than exploit women and use the heavy appeal of sex, the film uses a contrasting mirage of a healthy and intimate relationship based on equality; the woman is not depicted less than her worth, rather as an individual achieving parity through her intelligence, creativity, and economic independence. In the process of creating this relationship, however, the film mythologizes the roles of men and
As a result, society perpetuates the ideology that every individual should adapt their societal role on the basis of their gender. The society constructed in Disney’s film Mulan (1998) strongly mirrors the gender-based division shown by the research on the field. The film clearly depicts the ideal housewife when Mulan’s elders prepared her to facilitate a childbearing role. The song “Honor to us All” also highlights the gendered separation of roles by constructing the image that honorable men should “bear arms” while honorable women should “bear sons”.
Introduction The film shows a story of eight women who stood up against discrimination against gender. They were angered by the way they were treated in their workplace. This article will cover the similarity of the film and what we learnt. We will relate the present day society, beliefs, sexism and how it prevails.
From the table 7, 10 out of 19 movies show that males are the dominant and powerful characters. There are few female characters featured in those movies are playing the minor roles and no female as the main characters in those movies. The male characters have high frequency of appearance in the film compared to the female characters. Men called more prevailing than the women which is capable to fight with evil roles.
1.2 Background Females are an integral part of human civilization. No society or country can ever progress without an active participation of female in its general development. The status of female in society is directly linked with social and cultural traditions, stages of economic development achieved, educational levels, attitude of the society towards women, social and religious taboos, women's own awareness and political attainments. Through the centuries, the image and the role of female have been observed and studied in various ways, and the acquired knowledge has been recorded in literature, works of art, religious texts, mythology and codes of social behaviour.
In today’s society women are still seen as fragile objects that can be broken. Moreover, Women are hired in cashier positions rather than a position that would require strength. Television depicts men as scientists thus teaching the youth that women are meant to be seen and not heard. Women have expectations and roles assigned to them even before birth. Immediately, a girl’s nursery is decorated with pink butterflies and she is expected to be gentle.
Throughout the years femininity in Hollywood cinema has changed quite drastically. The industry has gone through several phases that changed how femininity was viewed. This paper will address the postfeminist phase in Hollywood, while focusing on the film Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001). It will show how postfeminism is viewed in cinema as well as the characteristics that make a film considered to be postfeminist. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) showcases all the characteristics needed in a postfeminist film which makes the film a great representative of postfeminist attitudes in media.
The role of women in literature crosses many broad spectrums in works of the past and present. Women are often portrayed as weak and feeble individuals that submit to the situations around them, but in many cases women are shown to be strong, independent individuals. This is a common theme that has appeared many times in literature. Across all literature, there is a common element that causes the suffering and pain of women. This catalyst, the thing that initiates the suffering of women, is essentially always in the form of a man.