Women in Film
Gender is represented in movies based on the political, historical, and social aspects surrounding the time when the movie is created. Most of the females are underrepresented in films, and this is due to the inability of most women to be in the film industry. This makes men hire fewer females and give them roles that relate to women in the 1930s. Gender emanates from two distinct concepts, which are biological and the one that is constructed on a social basis. In the American film industry, most of the women are described to revolve around raising children, loving their husbanding, and not doing the works outside their homes. This is a situation that creates underrepresentation in women
“Meaning are anchored to the site of reading”
The first quote is from the essay titled “this is a pure cinema inflamed passion; Fire the woman Question and the policing of border cultural.” The reading describes the products marked with a transnational circulation that are identified with the village’s exhortations with less optimistic views. The quote comes from paragraph two of the essay where the author describes a specific way in which sexuality is conjugated with local reception. The author stated this quote while analyzing a movie which was viewed as the Trojan horse for the western feminism. The way people describe cultural products is highly rooted in their conditions of history. The author gives this quote as he explains how people are able to perceive their products based on their culture and vernacular. For instance, the media can respond to different films in ways that indicate that the film’s thoughts are shaped by political, economic, and historical perspectives. The essay by Moorti illustrates the connectivity between the production and use of cultural products.
The reading describes how the current examiners of the movies are able to view it as related to tradition, and they try to regulate the behavior of the women. Most of the films discussed portray the women as features that are supposed to be controlled. The human body indeed acts as the center where power and control emanate from. He argues that most films are produced in a historically viewed context where most of the feminine is considered as aspects that need to be under control. He argues his point with an illustration of the Indian women. Who once demonstrated and burned the theatre movies because it was based on lesbianism, and its storyline would destroy marriages as it will spoil the women. From the argument, it is true that the film industry and the way people view local consumption are highly based on the historical context, economy, and political context.
“[Bound] is one of those movies that works you up wrongs you out and leaves you gasping. It’s pure cinema, spread over several genres.” (Ebert, 1996)
This is a quotation that had been used to describe the bound movie. There are many female characters in this film. The first woman is described as a classy woman. There is another newcomer who is represented as a lesbian in the film. The film shows the themes of money, sex, blood, and murder. The author describes this quote to illustrate how the film is full of characters that portray humor. This can be evidenced in the movie where Gershon and Tilly basically play sex for delight, which makes the situation funny. The movie starts humorously, but in the end, it drives the audience into the topics of blood, sex, murder, and money.
Violet, in the film, is described as wanting to escape ceased so that she and corky can be together. Corky is described as an expert criminal in the film that can help in the stealing of money. This is events describes how women are illustrated as objects.
How it Relates to Themes and Issues Covered in this Semester.
The quote by Moorti describes the early images of women. They were the creatures that were meant to be regulated and not left to see the things that could spoil them and make them destroy their marriages. The women are portrayed as people who are supposed to take care of their families. The women from a historical, economic, and political perspective are viewed as people who have only one responsibility of taking care of their marriages. They have to respect the idea and thoughts of men. This can be illustrated by the fact that Moorti says that the women protested in the cinemas because the storyline can affect women and make them destroy their marriages. Although women are supposed to be educated and appear independent, they have the responsibility of taking care of their families. According to tradition, this is what makes them happy. In most of the films, the movies depict women as objects for love, mother’s and dependent on the male characters, and this describes how the women protested as they did not want their colleagues to destroy their marriages. The women are the individuals who are supposed to be of lower status than men who are, on the contrary, ambitious. Even if the female’s movies in the current century look like the movies that people can relate to, they still portray the women as objects for self-sacrifice regarding men and their children. Most of the women can be identified as powerless and victimized in the majority of the films. Some of the movies depict women as being independent and of high economic status, but to some extent, they are still viewed as traditional women with distinct roles thanks to post-feminism.
In many cases, the feminine is caught in between to choose whether to focus on family or being independent and strong. The women need to learn how to control their feminity as this would give them power. Unless the women are portrayed as individuals who can control themselves in films, then the post-feminist activities will not end. From the story of the Hindu women who protested above, the women are supposed to take care of their families, love their husbands, and raise children. Failure to do this, they will be punished for transgressing, as depicted by most of the films. Many women are indeed supposed to be caregivers and accept their responsibility in caring for the men and not to do anything that will make them destroy their marriages.
In the bound movie, women are depicted as an object for sex. Even though some of the women play the roles of bosses, this does not remove the fact that they are being viewed as eye candy in films. Most of the films showcase the female to be naked compared to their male counterparts. Some of the films, such as the bound, still discriminate against women. The women are still viewed as an object for objectification and sexualization. Besides, the women are given the supporting roles, which can be evidenced by the roles given to women in the films. This is a clear indicator that women are underrepresented because of their gender in movies. Also, although women are given powerful roles in some of the films, they still appear to be underrepresented because they are objectified. Some of the movies describe the women as morally sexualized, such as the bound movie, and in return, bad things happen to such women. This makes some of the women think that if they do not become morally upright, then bad things will happen to them. Also, even though ladies find independence in life, they still have to figure out ways of finding a husband to make them happy, as evidenced by the lesbian in the bound movie. In most of the films, the female is given the characters of being the victim, and they are therefore supposed to be saved by their male husbands. They are seen as troublesome. This relates to corky in the film, which is supposed to help in stealing money, and as such, it illustrates how women are viewed as causing trouble to others. The movie also shows some as people who are dependent they cannot find their own happiness or money without the help of men.
In conclusion, the manner in which gender is depicted in films affects how people view the roles of gender. The movies portray women as striving to make themselves beautiful to satisfy their husbands, and this describes why physical appearance matters to women.
More so, the women are portrayed as being subordinate to men and submissive to their ideas and thoughts.