Representation of Gender

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Compare And Contrast The Representation Of Gender In Two Media Texts With Reference To The Work Of One Or More Feminist Critic Media texts today represent gender, setting standards on society. Our ideas on what it is to be masculine and to be feminine could be said to be decided by what we perceive through the magazines, cinema and Television, as well as other mediums. Through trends in these outlets society has somewhat parodied the media, washing off on how we see ourselves and our peers, stereotyping the male and female gender. When cinema was in the public domain and the first films were shown it reflected society at the time. The male dominance and the female’s vulnerability. From this times have progressed, today’s society has changed as the media has evolved. Originally starting with Michael Foucalt, theorists such as Laura Mulvey, Richard Dyer, Gaye Tuchman, Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick have materialised from noticing how the conventions of gender have been portrayed. In contrast of today to past decades, the biggest change of gender representation is notable. With successful demonstrations for equality of gender in society, the representation to some extent has changed in the media. But, how much, why, and what does it mean? If the structure of society is influenced by the media, then what will this change bring to society? How will our view on masculinity and femininity change, if they haven’t done so already? To understand the implications I must understand the journey so far and how media texts have changed in contrast to society. Feminist have been fighting for the rights of women decades. The late 1960s seemingly opened up society’s views on equal rights and values concerning genders. Though newspapers like ‘The Sun’ introduced the portrayal of topless women on their now infamous ‘Page 3’ in 1969, creating a somewhat sexist view from some women’s

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