American Horror Story: Coven is undoubtely a controversial TV series, as it is at the same time both chauvinist and feminist. The show clearly adopts the male gaze and is limited by chauvinist stereotypes, but it simultaneously challenges them. The notion of the male gaze, theorised by Laura Mulvey in the 70s, suggests that we tend to see media products from a male perspective, as most of the producers are male and heterosexual. Therefore, female characters are objectified and sexualized, so that they are attractive for the audience. American Horror Story: Coven conforms to this theory through the way Madison Montgomery, an actress, is portrayed: she is white, blonde, thin and beautiful.
Each of these concepts are utilized at the advantage of men, and the disadvantage of women, and has shown to provide detrimental consequences and results for women in society. However, in this film, and other films by Tyler Perry, appear to take the added step to combat these aspects that are present in the media’s portrayal of women. While these are present in the movie, he often makes a point to combat it with an inverse portrayal of each
In the ethnographic documentary “Fire Eyes,” director Soraya Mire presented a biased opinion on the nature of female circumcision by emphasizing graphic content like gore and pain. While Mire’s documentary presents the terrifying nature of female circumcision, the use of graphic content and imagery successfully conveys Mire’s strong opinion opposing female circumcision. However, Mire neglects to discuss the cultural values behind the mutilation and instead prioritizes how she views the act as unethical. The importance in conveying the horrifying nature of female circumcision through graphic content evokes emotional responses in the audience and easily persuades the audience to follow the director’s own beliefs. 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.
What differentiated Fassbinder and Freud was the different distances they held from their feminine objects. While Freud observed them from the external point of view, i.e., from the perspective of the opposite and superior sex, at least a part of Fassbinder identified with his female characters/actors/lovers, three identities that always collapse onto each other in Fassbinder’s life and work. It is for this reason that women’s different sexual orientations and their alienating feeling towards the society and family that shaped their identity were exposed more fully in Fassbinder’s films than in Freud’s case studies. In the case of Dora, the fears and desires of the female patients risked being reduced to a delayed sexual desire first with the
(Chaucer, 3946). Objectification is prominent and the females’ values are exclusively for pleasure and for men’s social reputation. Reputation is exclusively shown when the daughter is introduced and the emphasis voices her body. She is the "male gaze" of desire and she is “thikke and wel ygrowen” (Parker, 167 & 3973). She is a sexual product when she is described sensually.
◦The ideas of what denotes anti feminism and gynocentric misogyny have been argued throughout time with countless definitions and speculative concerns ◦we can connect this as far back as the 19th century with the first wave of feminism and again in the 1960s with the second wave. ◾This serves to be a Genesis for resounding plot within The Handmaids Tale ◦Margaret Atwood, a strong feminist activist outside of her stories, comes to the conclusion that having power over oneself, not necessarily over men, is key; this idea that women choosing to behave as they should will be met with adversity--that sisterhood is power. ◦what arises in the handmaid 's tale is this very apparent social gradient, a disunity between the women within their subgroup, that serves to control them and inevitably destroy female solidarity •“Then and Now” •~coloring piece of the background~ ◦ The first section pertains the pre Gilead society compared to as the novel is told. Through periodical flashbacks, we are given insight into how the society was before the book
Must women be feminine, and males be masculine? Feminism questions the acceptance of these ideologies and works to nullify them in our nation. Equality, the very principle America was founded upon and the very reason why feminism is important to the populace. Hegemonic masculinity not only plagues males but females as well; by creating a fragile male ego that believes a competing female will emasculate males instead of assisting, only causes females to cater to the male needs. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie best explained the injustice from traditional gender roles in the quote, “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.
Framing the Female Gaze Through Patriarchy: Scopophilia in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo When the male gaze drives a film, especially when that gaze derives pleasure from participating in watching a woman, one must ask what agency the woman has in the film and what her gaze is. Throughout this essay, I will investigate the effects of scopophilia, or the act of looking, on Madeline’s in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. In her essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Laura Mulvey aims to expose and dismantle the patriarchy that is prevalent in cinema. She begins her argument with stating that cinema exists in an already patriarchal society, as the world of cinema exists much like the real world and the subject of the film, man, is existing in a place that has been crafted for him. In order to shift this gaze and privilege, the woman in the film must work much harder to prove her contribution to the plot.
As long as feminism considers women a well-defined category that's universally identifiable... it undermines its ability to represent women. Then reader approaches the theory of Sex versus Gender Feminism often splits the unity of women when it splits the idea of sex and gender. This distinction was first used to undermine the idea of "biology-as-destiny." But, if this distinction is pushed too far, then the idea of gender becomes disconnected from the body - and one never will understand the process of how sex and gender are socially assigned. Maybe sex is a gendered
Women’s writings before Woolf, were timid and mostly fearful from true expression of thought and emotion, fearing male dominance; they were disabled and unable to attain their true potential and express themselves the truth outwardly. For Virginia Woolf, women writers are the key to incinerating such male patriarchal thought and recreate history through a female perspective. Confronting the imperialistic set up of the English Society proves to be difficult but shows women often failing but still continuing to challenge and seeking an outlet of expression.Woolf’s communicates such trials in subtle manners through her work, pointing out that Women’s Oppression through the times, like mentioned earlier, is deeply rooted in Social, Political, Economic spheres of a society. Hence, we can say Mrs. Dalloway, can be seen as a novel of projecting oppression, seclusion and isolation, Privacy of one’s own both in Body and Mind, creation of one’s Identity which could be either of the characters present in the novel or of the writers
By having Medea essentially win at the end of the story in her quest of revenge, Euripides has shown that males have almost a duty to be honorable in their oaths to females. This male audience would have taken it as a potential threat to “male hegemony that was demonstrably dangerous” (Fletcher 30). Euripides for the better or worst, depending on how the male audience reacted, controversially sobered the viewers into the reality of honoring women. To add, “in Aristophanes 's Frogs, the poet Aeschylus complains that Euripides has made tragedy democratic by allowing his women and slaves to talk as well as the master of the house“(Foley 13). This is unquestionably true, especially with how the play begins.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.