Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views. These stereotypes make women feel embarrassed to call themselves feminists (Stereotypes about Feminism). It is essential that all women consider themselves feminists simply because women are still being oppressed today and there is a need for equality. To begin, women should not be ashamed to call themselves feminists because women are still being oppressed today. Our culture believes women should be dependent on men and this forms a belief that women need men to survive.
Also in today’s unclear world with the ever increasing amount of divorce and conflict within marriages a screwball comedy would have a hard time getting wide appeal and a success. Today’s culture is so used to explicit sex that innuendo and true romance couldn’t generate enough revenue to work in today’s market. The Lady Eve adheres to the Hollywood style in regards to character type for this genre of film. As I had mentioned earlier in the essay the characters clearly are set in their roles shown not only socially but sexually. Jean the key representative of the lower class shows through her sexual antagonism of Hopsie, that she like the lower class wields the real power when it comes to real world situations.
Farrell mentions that men are called jerks almost one-hundred percent of the time, while the term is never used for women. This is not necessarily because only men are jerks, that is just how the term has been labeled. Farrell concludes that women are so angry with men because they do not get a “prince charming” that they have dreamed about most of the time when they enter a relationship. He says that women should lower their expectations of men in order to soften their anger against them. Personal Response Overall, I found this excerpt very informative and insightful.
As I said above, men have mistreated, assaulted and abused their wives, but in the past abusing the partner was a normal part of the intimate relationships or marriage as viewed by the society, so women should expect all these when entering a marriage or establishing a relationship and she should tolerate it. Domestic
There are quite a few arguments surrounding this discussion of positions between men and women changing. Most of the arguments revolve around feminist opinions. In a nutshell most Feminists believe that women are still to this day being exploited by men. They believe that men are still using women and that they are not equal, when it comes to things such as housework, childcare and paid work. On the other side of the spectrum, some people are discussing the opposite; positions between men and women are in fact changing and it is becoming more equal.
Mean Girls attempts to critique the typical female stereotype by using the plastics to over exaggerate the glamour and happiness that comes from being popular. While attempting to provide an ostensible moral to its viewers, the humor and the extreme over exaggeration undercuts the intentional meaning of the story. It ends up making light of the reality of the struggles and pressures that are put on women. Mean Girls ends up sending a negative message to the female teen population about how women should look, dress, and act. A young girl or teen watching the film is supposed to see the falsity and danger of popularity, but instead a typical young viewer will see and attempt to emulate the image of the plastics.
She argues that this misrepresentation has caused the media illusion “that equality for girls and women is an accomplished fact when it isn't.” The misconception, Douglas writes, encourages young women to "focus the bulk of their time and energy on their appearance, pleasing men, being hot, competing with other women and shopping." But moreover, and perhaps more noticeable, Enlightened Sexism has produced a new social attitude that allows for the degradation and objectification of women to be regarded as appropriate, and even humorous, so long as it is done in a tongue-in-cheek way. Even still, we see Enlightened Sexism threaten the social reality and standing of women in society, rampant in modern day popular film and television. The award-winning HBO television series, Girls, has both stirred controversy due to its raw and unrestricted content, and has fueled numerous debates over its contribution to feminism. Focused around the blemishes and triumphs of young adulthood for the lives four women living in New York City, the show attempts to celebrate feminism by exploring the lives of women in a new light:
The image of a dominant female character, a woman with enormous and incredible breasts presents allegories of the male world, where men are usually choose women for their sexual satisfaction. Female breast is positioned as a tool for male intimidations, it is not the goal for desire, but it is a violent instrument intimidating men around this female character. Tura Satana, the actress, who plays the main role in the film, has a violent and magnificent appearance. Her makeup is aggressive; she wears black costume and scares off men. What was the main intention of the director, when he showed a woman from a different perspective, than it used to be in the society?
She also rejects the need for male power, which is represented by phallus, the people around her whom she draws her inspiration and power from are women and lack phallus. The women hold their own power which goes against psychoanalysis, stating women are close to men because they want to be as close to phallic symbol of power as possible. Also, the way the women dress and act; they do so knowing they will not be judged. In our society if a woman dresses provocatively, she is trashy, or if she has many sexual partners, than she is a slut. However, if a man has many sexual partners, he is a player, a charming playboy, and all the other guys want to be him.
According to Limbaugh, Steinem was, “sex(ist)…(when she) once suggested men behave all the time like women who are PMSing” (Whittington). Through this secondary source, the audience sees Steinem being sexist and claiming men always act like women while their PMSing. Humans are all born generally evil and they tend to judge and say things that other people see as offensive. There are men out there that do have more feelings than women and have mood swings, which is also known as PMS for women. Some men in the world would say anything that would turn feminist followers against their feminist leader, which in this case would be Steinem.