Sexism in Film ‘Tilik’: Representation of Film Industry Alignment with Patriarchal Ideology

1 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2021

Date Written: March 10, 2021


‘Tilik’ is a short film dominated by female characters. It covertly depicts sexism and frames it into entertaining humor. Tilik illustrates women as a group who enjoy gossip, are irrational, become the object, and also subject to sexism. In this film, sexism is presented as if it represents the character of women and is very close to the reality of their life. This paper aims to look at how sexism is practiced and reproduced; and how the film industry presents stereotypes of women as a spectacle. The research uses a cultural studies approach and critical discourse analysis as the method. The results show that sexism in Tilik was represented by various texts, visual images, the characters' symbolic annihilation, and text flow. Within the duration of 30 minutes, it’s found various texts with the connotation of sexism. Visually, the camera focuses on the female mouths depicting a bitchy character. The good side of the two figures who are the objects of sexism is intentionally not shown (character annihilation). This representation illustrates the stereotype of women as irrational figures, victims of sexism, and at the same time as subjects of sexism to other women. Film ‘Tilik’ represents and emphasizes the film industry alignment with patriarchal ideology.

Keywords: sexism, film Tilik, film industry, patriarchal ideology, annihilation

Suggested Citation

Mahmudah, Zulfatun, Sexism in Film ‘Tilik’: Representation of Film Industry Alignment with Patriarchal Ideology (March 10, 2021). Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Communication & Business (ICCB 2021), Available at SSRN: or

Zulfatun Mahmudah (Contact Author)

Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia ( email )

Yogyakarta 55281

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