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
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
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