Before arguing on how the film takes a feminist counter cinema approach to addressing questions of female subjectivity and spectatorship in light of Gillet’s quote. I will firstly discuss the concept of feminism and female counter cinema focusing
Representation: Minorities or marginalised sections of society have been known to be misrepresented in the media. If we take the issue of gender equality under the heading of representation in media culture, we can see that there are several similarities with those issues outlined when discussing the production of media. This issue can be explored further and more in depth when discussing how these marginalised areas of society are portrayed on film. Raising the argument of accurate representation particularly of females in mainstream media, focusing on film and television representations, it must be discussed on several grounds. The reading that best supports this view is the Laura Mulvey reading “visual pleasure and narrative cinema” (Mulvey 1975).
Emily Poole J320 3/9/2018 Final Paper The Other Feminist Film Theory During the mid-20th century, second and third wave feminism swept the nation. The feminist movements focused on combating the roles associated with being a woman and, in turn, lead them to critique how women are represented in media. The feminist movement emerged in media as Feminist Film theory, where the leading women of the mid-20th century analyzed representations of women in film(media). Unfortunately, the leading feminist film theorists where white women and their fight against gender oppression in media left out non-white women. The early feminist film theorists categorized race and gender as separate systems of oppression, and by doing so they universalized the white woman’s experience as representing the oppression experienced by all women.
In the movie “Fire Eyes,” Soraya Mire creates a personal connection with the audience by choosing to showcase bloody, painful responses rather than solely focusing on multiple retellings of women who experienced circumcision. The few personal stories from the women who experienced circumcision offer powerful additions to the horrifying nature of genital mutilation and how the poorly done operation forever ruins the women’s hygiene and health. The result of Soraya Mire’s choice to only showcase the graphic parts of female circumcision takes away the cultural meaning and importance of the practice. Soraya Mire’s strong opinion on female circumcision relates closely with the Western approach to viewing external cultures and disagreeing with practices that
In Carey Martell’s article The Flawed Arguments About Female Discrimination in the Film Industry, Martell disputes that sexism in the industry is not due to discrimination. He explains that the pay gap between actors and actresses is not due to discrimination, but due to a number of differing factors concerning the specific actor. Yet, many females in the industry have a different viewpoint. A number of female actresses have spoken out about their pay inequality, such as Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, and Amanda Seyfried. According to the article Everything You Need to Know About The Hollywood Pay Gap, Madeline Berg states, “Diane Keaton did not receive back-end pay for her star role in Something’s Gotta Give, while Jack Nicholson did” (Berg).
The woman 's body is constantly judged, scrutinized, and examined as an object or a piece of meat. The specific issues of sexualization and objectification are part of a fairly recent debate, but has the representation of the female body on the big screen changed since the golden age of cinema? We often hear about "sex symbolism" when we describe women like Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe or, to take more contemporary examples, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, or Megan Fox. What do they have in common, other than the fact that their bodies have been at the center of their careers? New feminist movements are challenging the objectification of women’s bodies in the traditional Hollywood filmmaking.
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”
Media:-Commercials where woman are used as an objects to increase selling of their products,Media creates negative impact on society by considering woman as a subject to promote their brands and products. Media is considered as a biggest part to create this mindset of gender discrimination.Media is a double edged sword they can create positive as well as negative impact on the society thus media should use their powers such that it does not spread negative impact on the public. Awareness should be created by media for not promoting gender discrimination by showing such movies where both the genders are treated equally,documentaries promoting gender equity should be made and showed.Malicious movies and item songs should not be given permission to show by sensor boards as they create a very negative impact to the society.Such kind of item songs and movies makes mentality that woman is only a show and glam object for the
Women were indeed at one stage purely, or for the most part to put it rather crudely, objects to ogle at on screen, ‘objects of the look’. Their place as a real world character with depth and conviction came only secondary to their physical appearance or attributes and ability to woe male spectators. And their part to play in being in front of the lens was quite simply that. Feminist film theory however challenged that mindset, with the second wave movement which took place in the 60’s, a serious shift began to take place. As stated in, An Introduction to Film Studies, “The importance of feminist film theory in opening up debates around spectatorship,
In this attempt to engage with the broad problematic of a feminist film criticism in Malayalam cinema we must deconstruct gender as a constitutive element in film production. Cinematic traditions all across the world have given cause for concern among feminists and film critics owing to the dexterity with which