Women Are Weak. This Is What The Overlaying Theme That Many Films Seem To Present To Its Viewers. The Role Of The Woman In Film
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"Women are weak." This is what the overlaying theme that many films seem to present to its viewers. The role of the woman in films has varied over the years, from being very helpless to being the one to turn to when in danger. This role has been viewed by others as that women are the victim, someone women can relate to, to being quite the opposite of feminism.
Leonard Pitts compares women in films today with the women in comic books in his article entitled "Hostages to Sexism." Comic book women, such as Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, in her early years was constantly being held captive by the enemy, needing her male companions to come to her rescue. On the rare occasion that she would come into combat, she would collapse from the great amount of pressure put upon her that she would need rescuing. Times have changed drastically for Sue Storm over the last thirty years. Now she plays as much a part in the Fantastic Four as the other Fantastic Three.
Although there has been an advance in the part of the woman in comic books, Pitt points out the role of the woman has not. For instance, no matter how tough a woman is, she always is the hostage, such as in the movie Mortal Kombat Pitt points out. He says this because it has become so common, we come to expect it out of habit. We will never be able to believe that a woman could save one of our action heroes if needed because we have been socialized to accept that women are weak and men are not. Pitt closes saying that it is not just men who have what it takes to be a hero.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Jody Fosters role in the Movie Silence of the Lambs. In Lynn Dorninks article "Silencing of the Feminism", she writes about how Clarice Starling, Fosters character, goes from the weak typically viewed woman, to a "masculine" female
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