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...oing, the actions that they are going to take. Due to the notion that women are emotional and dramatic it is no surprise that they are also seen as ‘useless’ when it comes to horror films. In the film The Ruins (2008), all the female characters fail at helping the rest of the group they are with. They do not help find food, figure out plans to escape the horror they are going through but rather just listen to the male characters around them and do as they say and even then they would fail to complete what they were told to do. The ‘useless’ woman falls into the hegemonic femininity concept (Schippers 97). This concept being that women are more focused on the body rather than the mind as well as the notion that they weaker in comparison to men. This concept is repeated throughout horror films and become a naturalized idea that women do not contribute in horror films.
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