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Ben and Cody, once were warriors gender presentation

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Cody Steens

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Transcript of Ben and Cody, once were warriors gender presentation

Once Were Warriors
The formation of gender roles represented in the film and their relation to New Zealand culture
In conclusion
What did we talk about?
Stereotypes of masculinity within New Zealand culture
'The gaze'
The construction of gender throughout the film
Summarize main points
Brief recap
Question time
Introduction
What our presentation is about
Our understanding or gender theory and the film
The story line
Main points
Stereotypes of masculinity within New Zealand culture
'The gaze' and its relation to the film
The construction of gender in the film
We expect to get asked questions during, put up your hands
Cody and I will cover each point together, alternating between each of us
Stereotypes of masculinity within New Zealand culture
What do we mean?
How it is shown in this film
How does it relate back to New Zealand culture
'The Gaze'
What is it
Where can we see this?
Many points during the film
Beth
What impact does it have on the film
Character building
Construction of gender in the film
What is gender and sex
Exclusion of women from activities
Where can we see this
What do we mean?
Dominant figures
Violence
Cultural misrepresentation
How it is shown in this film
Mostly through Jake
Aggressive behavior
Disrespect
How does it relate back to New Zealand culture
Alcohol is a main factor
Men
Tough, prone to violence
Stereotypes
Jake, threatening, controlling
Drinking problems
What is it?
Where can we see this?
Many points during the film
Attention
Camera is focused on Beth more during scenes with her and Jake
What impact does it have on the film?
Shows us how Beth is treated, more as an object for Jake
What is gender and sex?
What impact does this understanding have on the film?
Representation of Jake shows threatening, tough male persona
If aspects of masculinity didn't exist we wouldn't get the same reading of the characters personalities
For a long time women have been treated lesser than men, These theorists agree

“Some second wave feminists, notably Ann Oakley, argued that sex and gender were frequently collapsed to women's disadvantage, whereby cultural exceptions of what was appropriate or possible for women was attributed to some biological law.” (Richardson & Robinson, 2008, p.80)

Beth is victimized throughout the film as a result of Jake's inner rage and exclusion from social independence.

“Women have been excluded from activities ranging from sport to memberships of the professions and posts in the military, because of their ‘sex’, which was claimed to be the cause of dire outcomes such as, for example, hysteria.’’ (Richardson & Robinson, 2008, p.80)
Women exclusion
Gender characteristics
Biological difference
Nig's influence from his gang, mostly men, violence.
Beth, although a female, she is aggressive due to being around Jake for a long time
Theorist John Berger explains how almost every action of a woman is also read as how she would like to be treated.
Women are a sight
Men are the ones to look
Backs up how men are dominant
‘’When men attack women they are feeling threatened by feelings of impotence, weakness and victimization. It is difficult to conclude from this however, that battering represents the collapse of men's authority, simply because the man feels that his authority is being challenged or threatened to such an extent that he believes it is necessary to reimpose it and remind his victim of the power differential”. (Jukes, 1993, p.259)
“Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves” (Berger, 1972, p.47)
“Violence represents the visible and unacceptable face of male power over women.(Jukes, 1993, p.259)
The film ‘Once Were Warriors’ uses stereotypes of abusive men so that audiences is able to understand who the main antagonist is in the movie. Theorist Adam Jukes explains a clear way to understand this idea:

We can see this in the film when ‘Jake’ violently attacks his partner ‘Beth’ at a party after refusing to make a guest some eggs.
Moving on to our final point, We are going to cover the construction of gender identity.
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