In the later part of the 1960’s, women fought for independence and equality, which led to the establishment of the roles they now play in modern society. At the present time, some of the most influential people are women – politicians, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, which are immeasurably distant from their roles as housewives or homemakers in the past. However, these transformations do not work alone; there are factors that have greatly influenced these changes, one of which is how filmmakers’ portray women in society.Film has sparked social ideals like the Beauty Ideal that transformed into a gruesome Thin Ideal whichposed as a reminder to women of how beauty is supposed to be. Unfortunately, even if film reflects what happens in society, they have created negative portrayals of women that outweigh the positive portrayals of women in film and are continually being carried on in film and in society. American filmmakers’ portrayal of women should continue to emphasize the importance of their roles in society.
Asian genre) being used, representation of the women in the film will be different so as to target the audience and link with the society’s views, customs and values. I started off by looking at how women are represented in Japanese action/thriller films. Freda Freiberg argues in ‘Women in Mizoguchi Films’ (1981) that Japanese cinema represents women as powerless physically, but the stronger sex mentally. Although this book concentrated primarily on Mizoguchi films created in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the book also spends time researching Japanese representation of women in Japanese cinema as a whole, thus providing a brief analysis of feminine theory. Hideo Nakata, director of ‘The Ring’ (2002) and ‘Ring 2’ (2005) expands on the views expressed by Freda Freiberg, with specific reference to thriller films.
In comparison, movies of the 90’s are not only written and directed by women, but leading roles are also held by older and unattractive women. In this paper I will show the variations and growth of women’s roles in movies from the 1940’s though the 1990’s. In the 1940’s women did not have predominate roles in movies. In the few movies that were based around women, the woman’s character was written by a man, and the woman was portrayed as a sex symbol. In the movie Double Indemnity, a woman named Phillis is plotting to have her husband killed because she wants to collect his life insurance and be freed from an unhappy marriage.
She also asserts that these representations are distortions of the reality of what women 'really are' and what they 'truly want'. She then chronicles the history of the depiction of women in film from the silent age through to the 1970's, focusing on the character archetypes that were most common in Hollywood films. These ranged from innocent virgins to sex bombshells, which are contrasted to examples of real-life women. Her work laid the foundation for future feminist film critics. Another impo... ... middle of paper ... ...tire mess of wires out of the torpedo.
For readers who observe literature through a feminist lens, they will notice the depiction of female characters, and this makes a large statement on the author’s perception of feminism. Through portraying these women as specific female archetypes, the author creates sense of what roles women play in both their families and in society. In books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roles that the main female characters play are, in different instances, both comparable and dissimilar. In typical families of the early to mid 1900s, and even now in many cases, the man held the position of the leader, and the expected role of women was to cook, clean, and follow the orders of their husbands. This can be seen in the very first chapter of The Grapes of Wrath when Steinbeck writes, “And the women came out of the housed to stand beside their men-to feel whether this time the men would break…women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole”.
After ladies picked up the right to vote with the section of the nineteenth Amendment, women's liberation got less politically obvious throughout the center many years of the twentieth Century (despite the fact that there were still numerous female activists.) This started to change, notwithstanding, with the ascent of the Civil Rights Movement and other social developments for correspondence, and throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Second Wave Feminism might emerge to address the command of patriarchy and sexual orientation imbalance in all kinds of different backgrounds. A standout amongst the most significant crossroads in the historical backdrop of Second Wave Feminism (and in fact one of its establishing instants,) was the production of Betty Friedan's point of interest book The Feminine Mystique in 1963. This book investigated the disappointment that numerous upper and working class ladies felt at their constrained choices in life. Numerous reported feeling fretful and troubled, despite the fact that they couldn't precisely distinguish the well... ... middle of paper ... ...le learner pioneers; at one New Politics meeting, the administrator told a women's activist lobbyist, " Cool down, little girl.
Thelma and Louise and Shirley are two films, which change that. They portray woman in a positive role, showing them in a positive light against male oppression. Although Shirley Valentine is a British film and Thelma and Louise is American, both films still show women facing the prejudice of society in the 20th century. In this way women viewers can relate to the films believing them to show the difficulties women face in life, the loss of women’s individuality due to the domination of their husbands and their experiences of sexism and prejudice in modern day society. There are many similarities as well as differences in both films and the storylines are varied, yet both films still feature woman who overcome the typical stereotype that they are nothing but sexual objects for men to abuse.
In conclusion, these three ladies in the novel each represent a vastly different class and lifestyle. Sally and Geraldine represent a different way of going about things than Edith does, but both sides of the movement have viewpoints that serve their common movement and the actions of these ladies demonstrate as such. Despite differences in class and social standings, women by coming together in the suffrage movement frequently faced similar problems. At one point both Sally and Geraldine were struggling with the decision between their lifestyle and their cause as what was more important to them. Works Cited Gertrude Colomore, Suffragette Sally (Ontario: Broadview, 2008)
“Although the labor movement thrived in the early twentieth century, by 1920 a small fraction of women in the workforce had union jobs, and rarely did the movement take up issues of concern to working women or allow them leadership roles” (“Work, Education, and Reform”). The Clash of Cultures website also explains that there was some opposition to the new free... ... middle of paper ... ...the growing independence for women in how they dress, where they work, and how they act. This will continue to grow, producing the modern lifestyle of women in the United States. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
The 1960s that followed would see many of the traditional values held by American women altered or discarded altogether, and would eventually lead to how women in America live today. While some stereotypes do still exist, possibly this generation can do what the generation that gave birth to the baby boomers did, and start our own revolution. Advertising is a large part of our everyday lives, so good or bad we take what we see in – it’s just what we do with it that counts, as the reaction to the ads of the 1950s taught us that sexist advertising can lead to great societal changes.