Characteristics Of Feminist Media Studies

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The subsequent essay aims to discern the fundamental components of feminist media studies. Additionally, it intends to demonstrate how two particular critical essays respect and adhere to this specific form of media-based criticism. In order to do so, first, the essay will introduce the general characteristics of feminist media studies. Second, the two articles will be compared to distinguish the similarities and diverging points between the two pieces of criticism. Third, the essay will be concluded by regrouping the two previous points in the interest of discerning their relevance in the field of feminist media criticism.
To begin with, feminist media studies is a type of criticism that examine and research how patriarchy has enforced the hegemonic notion of biological determinism, amongst other things (Sawchuk 65). This notion it is a way to implant the idea that women are inferior to men, physically as well as mentally, ‘’because of biological differences’’ that is beyond their control (Sawchuk 65). Furthermore, this critical approach is also interested in how this discourse is taken and reinforced or weakened by the media. In other
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On one hand, masculinity is characterized by a propensity for performance and using an active voice (Walkerdine 520-1). On the other hand, femininity is often distinguished by heightened sensibility, a caring and concerned nature as well as a preference for cooperation (Walkerdine 520). Valerie Walkerdine notes two types of femininity: contemporary and traditional, or traditional, femininity (522). However, Helen Thornham doesn’t make that distinction. Yet, she states that society’s views of masculinity and femininity can shift (140). In short, traditional femininity is femininity as described previously, whereas contemporary femininity tends to incorporate traditional masculine attributes to classic femininity (Walkerdine

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