The Changed and Unchanged Situation in the Representation of Women in Contemporary Cinema

Rohman, Arif. (2013). The Changed and Unchanged Situation in the Representation of Women in Contemporary Cinema. Humaniora, 25(2), 175-183

9 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

The second feminist wave in the 1960s has influenced feminists to increase their campaign against patriarchy in almost all areas. One of the areas which has made women very vulnerable is the issue of women in cinema. This article analysed some changes in the representation of women in cinema by comparing four movies: Stepford Wifes (1975), Orlando (1992), When Night Is Falling (1995), and Stepford Wives (2004). This study was conducted by using modern hermeneutics method. From the analysis, these four films appear to contain three changed aspects regarding women, including the equality of work, the expression of sexual identity, and the image of ‘higher-education-woman’. The films also show some remain unchanged aspects in the representation of women, such as the expectation of motherhood, the myth of sexuality, and the position of women as victims.

Keywords: women, gender, cinema, hermeuneutics, feminists

JEL Classification: I31, J18, J71, J78

Suggested Citation

Rohman, Arif, The Changed and Unchanged Situation in the Representation of Women in Contemporary Cinema (June 1, 2013). Rohman, Arif. (2013). The Changed and Unchanged Situation in the Representation of Women in Contemporary Cinema. Humaniora, 25(2), 175-183, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2304663 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2304663

Arif Rohman (Contact Author)

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