The movie can be categorized in a distinct Western genre that entails a male hero, violent conflicts, and an indefinite resolution. The movie entails two-dimensional characters with their roles varying according to their gender. The men in the movie are granted all the power and are in control over the women, who are represented as stupidly submissive. For instance, Martha tends to snap at anyone who says anything inappropriate. Lucy is dumb as she is seen lighting a lamp while the Injuns are right outside.
Throughout history, women have been held to certain stereotypes that place societal expectations upon them. These expectations can be viewed through various outlets of media, a major one being movies. In the movie Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, women are portrayed as dependent on men. Through the portrayal of Lisa and Jeff’s relationship and the showcasing of Miss Lonelyheart’s isolation, Hitchcock conveys the perception of a patriarchal society by utilizing various cinematic elements and film techniques. Lisa and Jeff’s relationship consists of Lisa constantly vying for Jeff’s attention and Jeff constantly dismissing Lisa, demonstrating the inferiority of women not only in personal relationships, but also in society.
While that was showcased in the beginning of the film from Bridget’s character and lifestyle, it later shifts to where she wants to find the right man. This is a change in Hollywood that came about with postfeminism, where it was once again okay if a woman wanted to end up with a man. There is one characteristic of postfeminism that did not appear in Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), and that is that Bridget did not have a feminine profession. In most postfeminism films, the leading lady always has a
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 addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329). Therefore, she thinks princesses teach false lessons on morals, speculating less attractive girls will be bullied. Although Orenstein takes a second wave feminist approach, Poniewozik has a third wave feminism viewpoint, which states women can perform female and male tasks. Poniewozik describes various new princess movies that have a third wave feminism approach, for example in The Prince & Me, Paige chooses her career of becoming a doctor over the prince (324). However, in the sequel, she marries the prince and continues working as a doctor.
In the novel The Day of the Locust, author Nathanael West conveys the overall themes of lust, ambition using many techniques. The depictions of the characters in the novel, most notably Tod Hackett's and Homer Simpson's lust and pursuit of Faye Greener. Faye is depicted as a beautiful woman with many men attracted to her. Tod and Homer lust after her with great efforts, but yet they can never win her over. As an aspiring Hollywood actress with no real talent, Faye attempted to blend her real life, with her acting life, leaving her artificial and “still beautiful.
Gender Representations Films have a tendency to shape what we think about a specific topic; it can open our minds to new subjects and opinions. How each gender is represented in films is displayed differently throughout the films: A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan, 1951), Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino, 2009), and Legally Blonde (Luketic, 2001). Women are sexualized and treated as a minority throughout these films, but the men are forced to be masculine and prove their worth. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the women of the time were just getting rights and a voice in what was going on. Even though this is true, not all things changed.
With all of the different character and how they are written one would expect some variety in the description of women. Instead they are all beautiful, lovely ‘divine’, they are hardly ever described as anything other than something to do with their looks or sweet. Meanwhile the men in the story are described as brave, handsome, clever, strategic, and other adjectives to help describe their characters better. The lack of representation of women in the odyssey
Loquacious, insubordinate, independent women were regarded with interest and suspicion. Comedy was a way of exploring such anxieties and diffusing them with laughter. In the patriarchal society of Much Ado conventional codes of honour, camaraderie and a sense of superiority to women regulate masculine loyalties. Although female inconstancy is presumed, Balthasar’s song deconstructs it and the fraud of men is dramatised in Claudio’s ruthless treatment of Hero. Beatrice disrupts the conventional gender polarities, urging Hero to defy her father and putting Benedick on his mettle, although her role is ambiguous as she also yearns to exercise male power to avenge Hero.
Abstract: In most parts of the world, females have always been the victim of oppressive patriarchy and male chauvinism since ages. This problem has been represented by many people through various forms of creations be it art, literature or films. Films are the most popular visual mediums of entertainment through which a large segment of people can be approached. Like literature, a film is also a work of art which mirrors the society, it also depicts the reality of the society though it has some fictionality in it. Being a visual medium of presentation, a film creates an instant, direct and more convincing impression on its audience fulfilling its dual purpose of entertaining as well as sensitizing the audience.