Gender Inequality In Popular Films

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Register to read the introduction… According to a case study ‘Gender Inequality in 500 Popular Films’ (Stacy, 2013) by University of Southern California, it examines the gender roles of speaking characters in top-grossing films, through the data to show the gender representation in the mainstream films. In the films that released in 2012, there are out of 4,475 speaking characters on screen, but only 28.4% are female which shows females are grossly underrepresented on screen, this result reflects Mulvey’s view “the character possessing the look in classical narrative cinema is almost always marked as male.” Another interesting result from the research is females in the top-grossing films of 2012 are probably more than males to be shown in sexy clothing, such as tight or alluring costume, this occur in female characters accounted for 31.6%, by contrast male characters only accounted for 7%. Partially naked such as exposing at least some skin in the breast, midriff, or high upper thigh area in the mainstream cinema also have roughly equivalent data as the last one, male characters accounted for 9.4% female characters accounted for 31%. The result of this research shows that the sexualization of female characters is activated and well in popular motion picture content, this result fits the Freud’s views of scopophilia (Stacy …show more content…
In the film’s opening, one of the characters Costa was humming a song and going to find the main character Thomas for plan their party, the song he sang with that only have one sentence and keep repeating: “Hey, we want some pussy”. The indecent lyric clearly shows the theme of the film is ‘Looking for sex in the party’. After singing, Thomas said another line to himself “my dick is gonna get so wet tonight!” the lines directly to equate the party with sex, from here we can see the film targeted female as ‘sexual objects’. One remarkable scene, about in a quarter through the film, clearly foregrounds the power of the male gaze, the scene shot the beginning of the party. The Mise en scene in the party scene plays a key role to apply the term of ‘gaze’, they are built by the following elements. Firstly is the setting, setting gives spectator a sense of place and time (Roberts & Wallis, 2001), the setting is appropriate here, it placed in the character’s luxurious villas with a big yard and swimming pool at night, which is a perfect environment and time to have a wild party. Secondly is the costume, in the scene that a group of beauties moving towards to Thomas’s home, those female characters dressed very sexy, the clothes worn on set the indicate period and social milieu (Roberts & Wallis, 2001),

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