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Gender Roles in Movies

Observing gender roles and how they have changed from the 1920's to the present through the use of movies.
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Steven Hughes

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Gender Roles in Movies

Gender Roles in Movies Observed gender roles
how they have changed
Used one movie per decade
From 1920's to the Present The Movies: 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's Nosferatu
(1921) The Wizard of Oz
(1939) Casablanca
(1942) Alice in Wonderland
(1951) To Kill a Mockingbird
(1962) Kramer vs. Kramer
(1979) The Breakfast Club
(1985) Office Space
(1999) Finding Nemo
(2003) How to Train Your Dragon
(2010) Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Female Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Male Gender Role Dorothy originally seen as strong
Becomes dependent on companions
Witches show both good and evil Male companions originally thought inferior
Realize they possess lost traits
"Perfect"
Rescue Dorothy Scout portrayed as "Tomboy"
Very adventurous
Becomes damsel in distress
most likely due to age All stereotypes displayed through male characters
Hero, Drunk, Coward, Rapist, Racist, Scholar
Began downfall of "ideal" man Portrayed as the popular girl and social outcast
Social outcast is new Portrayed as bully, athlete, nerd
Brought out personal issues
Differed from the strong, powerful male figure Damsel in distress
Role changes to strong and independent
Interests were different from stereotypical women
Kung-Fu Typical occupations
Less intelligent than female character Mostly absent due to Dory's character
However, Dory did offer knowledge and lessons
Backbone to male success New twist
both mother and father figure
Took on playful and guidance role of father
Took on nurturing and protective role of mother Conclusion Ellen as only major female character
Innocent/emotional/housewife
Attempts heroic behaviors
Instrumental at the time
Ends up backfiring
Thus proving women's stigma in 20's All male counterparts masculine/heroic
Providers and Protectors
Goes along with the gender societal roles of
the 20's Ilsa not emotionally strong enough to make own
decisions
"You think for the both of us"
submissive element
housewives/obey male "superiors" Rick provides the solid, level headed man
Unselfish
Hero/"good guy"
For encouraging Ilsa to leave with her husband
Woman leaving husband not appropriate/taboo Unlike most movies of the 50's
Alice portrayed as strong, charismatic character
No inclination to find her "Prince Charming"
Embraces her inner childhood and independence
Shows signs of women's roles in society
branching away from previous conservative
views of the time Joanna, former housewife, leaves her husband and son to "find herself"
Path of self-discovery
Gets a high powered career
Leaves son and husband at a chance for carefree
lifestyle devoid of obligations to family Ted, successful business man and workaholic
Forced to quit job to take care of son when his wife
leaves
Tries to take on the role of protective, single parent
Complete cultural shift in 1970's gender role ideology Viking society push for boys to be as manly as possible by slaying dragons
Hiccup pressured to conform into this lifestyle Astrid fearless fighter and hangs with the "boys"
Seen as a more contemporary role
Protector as well not just the men Overall a gradually changing trend can be seen for
gender roles portrayed in movies
The stigmas and gender roles of males and females is morphing
Women can be seen in taking more contemporary roles
Men characters have seen a decrease in in glorification over the years.
They have been reduced from the intelligent heros that they originally were portrayed as, and they are now seen as equals to women.
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