Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films Essays

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Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films
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Horror films have always been more attractive to the male viewer than to the female viewer. Why is that? Usually horror films mainly present the audience with very graphic mutilation and the raping of females, more so than their male counterparts. Horror films have always depicted females as either objects or as the victim of a horrible act. In Linda William's essay 'When the Woman Looks,' she says that 'there is not that much difference between an object of desire and an object of horror as far as the male look is concerned' (Jancovich 63). That is just the
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It is scary to see something like this happen on film because at any point in a women?s life, she is vulnerable to an attack like this. According to Analyzing Moral Issues, ?rape seems to be a uniquely human phenomenon? (Boss 358). Susan Brownmiller argues in her book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape, ?that rape is a crime of violence- a conscious process of intimidation by men to keep women in a state of fear- rather than an act of sexual passion? (Boss 358). Rape is a form of intimidation. It causes some women to fear for their own lives especially when walking alone in a big city at nighttime or when they feel as if they are being followed. In society today, there are many classes being taught and they are trying to get more women involved in trying to keep us safe. ?Rape is worse than physical assault because it is an attack on a person?s personal identity and a violation of the victim?s right to privacy? and this is shown in movies as well as in real life (Boss 358). Linda William?s essay ?When the Woman Looks,? she states perfectly that ?whenever the movie screen holds a particularly effective image of terror, little boys and grown men make it a point of honor to look, while little girls and grown women cover their eyes or hide behind the shoulders of their dates? (Jancovich 61). In Brigid Cherry?s essay ?Refusing to Refuse to Look,? she says that of a study done of female horror film fans and followers,

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