Gender

Course Spectatorship According to Mulvey explain her point of view of psychoanalysis and radical feminism

Through the cycle of the four movies, the audience sees many shots of Riggs’ back, arms, and torso while seeing him gradually cycle through a series of attractive, ultimately submissive women until he finds domestic bliss once again, and has blown away a lot of bad guys. For feminist theorists, movies like this are a clear example of the patriarchal mindset that governs the Hollywood studios, which churn out film after film lauding men as the heroes and women as the passive observers.But what about movies with strong women? There are examples of those movies out there, but those movies tend to have a common pattern of resolution as well, fitting the patriarchal ideal. Titanic features Kate Winslet as a strong-willed woman who defies convention, and her intended husband, to have an affair that will stand the test of time, despite the fact that her lover dies on board the ship, and she lives another eight decades. She smokes at the dinner table, despite the fact that, in 1912, such behavior was considered taboo for women. She casts aside wealthy marriage for steamy love, and ostensibly is flouting gender stereotypes for era. However, while she seems to be choosing her own love, the script has her choose submission to another man, and the screen gives the audience voyeuristic access to her as a sexual object. So, the dissident role she appears to be playing is actually part of the patriarchal titillation with those who would attempt to be radical. G.I. Jane is another movie that appears to have a woman rebel against stereotype, by trying to compete with men in boot-camp competitions. Demi Moore plays a woman who has to fight discrimination from those in her group, superiors, even a member of Congress who pretends to be on her side but who has been selling her out. However, in order to succeed in this group, the woman has to take on male characteristics to advance – most graphically, she shaves her head to

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