Feminism in the Stepford Wives

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Traditionally, in a discipline with emphasized focus on states and inter-state relations, sexual politics and gender relations were deemed irrelevant and insignificant, assuming the study of international relations to be gender-blind. However since the 1980’s, feminist perspectives on world affairs gradually started to find a louder voice which demanded IR scholars to start listening (Heywood, 2011). Feminism’s growing prominence resulted in the increasing acceptance that our understanding of the world was shaped by the social and historical context of our lives. Implied is the notion that fully understanding international relations would require a gender perspective. In this case, feminism’s gender perspective was concerned with ensuring women’s contribution to the largely male-dominated discipline of international relations would no longer be ignored. Additionally and on a deeper level, adopting a gender perspective would also mean acknowledging that traditional concepts, theories and assumptions of understanding the world are gendered and masculine biased. In this essay, I will be analyzing specific tenets of feminism using Bryan Forbes’ 1975 science fiction thriller ‘The Stepford Wives’ based on Ira Levin’s 1972 novel of the same title. Firstly, I will give a brief plot summary of the film. This essay will then describe how certain scenes and interactions in the film, mirror that of the ever-sensitive relationship between feminists and international relations’ scholars. Finally, in this essay, I will analyze further feminism symbols in the film as well as offering an opinion of its principles embodied in the film. The Stepford Wives opens showing a typical nuclear family, the Eberharts. Joanna, our protagonist who is an amateur photographer; her husband, Walter, a lawyer and their two children with Fred the dog, move to the quiet Connecticut suburb of
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