The dismissal of the worth of the genre by many commentators, including some feminists critical of gender stereotyping, is open to the charge of cultural elitism. Some feminist theorists have argued that soap operas spring from a feminine aesthetic, in contrast to most prime-time television. Women are stereotyped in family drama but the image of the modern women has changed. From being a meek, docile, subservient housewife, she has grown and evolved into a strong individual. She not excels in her profession but is also an able homemaker.
However, Friedan notes, with this new focus on femininity, careers, intelligence, and education were considered issues for females (274). Friedan argues that without meaningful competition, women will have “neurotic symptoms, or unproductive exercise, or destructive ‘love’” (274). Friedan concludes the section by addressing the fallacy that women already have their rights, acknowledging that women are viewed as second-class citizens, and hoping that women will assert themselves and compete in the real world instead of pretending to be content as housewives (Friedan 275). From “The Feminine Mystique”, we can conclude that women of the 1950s and 1960s began to recognize the dominance and injustice of the patriarchy. The text provides many examples of how the media reinforced the idea that women should be content as housewives, proving that this was a legitimate societal issue.
In the very introductory scene, even Scottie refers to Midge as “being motherly”. The viewers tends to empathize with Midge as they associate with her sentiments, because of the manipulation of the camera and the close-ups in such a manner which tend to show her perspective. Midge symbolizes the support system, whom Scottie can bank upon; as she is also the one who tries to help him get control of his acrophobia, during which he falls down into her protective arms. A scene unfolds at the prelude of the film, where Midge is sketching the lingerie kept on her desk. She explains that the “backless bra”; follows a principle similar to the cantilever bridge and was fabricated by an aircraft engineer.
1. My definition of a “good” feminist is someone who pursues equality between genders and in society. I believe the femme fatale character does celebrate a women’s agency by placing women into less traditional roles. Before this type of character became popular, women in movies where portrayed as being weak and not important. The femme fatale character gave women the opportunity to prove that they can be more than a “damsel in distress” who needs to be saved by the male hero.
It is told from her point of view. The speaker is a housewife who is fed up. During this time, her point of view can easily be associated with the idea of feminism. The poet choses to write in her own point of view because it makes relating to ideas of feminism much easier. If the poem was written during the same time, by her husband it would have a much different feel.
At times I also have to grasp the fact that despite all the positive and negative debates about Barbie and her influence on pop culture, she can make women feel inadequate. Yes, you may be saying, well if she is such a prestige doll with a dominate presence in our society, how can you say that? Well, you can’t ignore her looks. Her beauty is un-parallel; but she’s still plastic. Being that she has this fascinating lifestyle, and basically has all that she desires.
Theoretical Framework In a number of complex ways, the way in which women are represented on television is directly related to women’s lives. Julie D’Acci states “the tight interweaving of institutional constrains and women’s lived experience of television construction of femininity and women's understanding of themselves as women are impossible to pick apart” (D’Acci, 1994). Television has been noted as having the ability to reconfigure and reinforce social norms, helping to shape the audiences ideas about how they should behave, who we are and how we conceive each other. Television is constantly changing in response to the ever changing cultural and social conditions. Television’s ongoing
The mermaid went through skepticism at first, but her pride and obedience finally giving her the voice to finally say, “I will do it” (8). In these three stories, it shows that a female must be obedient to get a reward. Although the mermaid got her award for being obedient, some type of obedience can be quite absurd. The prince treats the mermaid with genuine hospitality, as they enjoy the entertainment by the “Female slaves” (10). Sexuality was reason slavery among female was popular because with a woman that can do different work, cooking and cleaning the key trait of submissiveness and be suffering from a different punishment.
78). To be feminine, according to the oxford dictionary, is to have, “qualities associated with woman, especially delicacy and prettiness”. Due to the varying ideologies over time compared to the ideologies today. Gwyneth Panure discussed in, ‘Femininity vs. Social Ideology of Femininity’, that femininity based on social ideologies differs to the femininity portrayed within the media (Panture, 2011). Regarding mediums such as television shows where woman are portrayed as timid and subordinate to others as well as, “dreamily distracted” whereas with mediums such as advertisements, where, “the purpose of the product is to get the
When watching television, one simply cannot avoid seeing ads. Ads are extremely influential as they mirror the society. And what is the most common thing shown in ads? The presence of women. Whether it is a movie, TV show or an ad, a women has to be there.