Case Study: Sexual Inequality on Movie(Part 2)

In the Part 1 case study, I have shared some of the ideas in the movie industries. By moving on to the Part 2, I would like to talk about the concept and the viewpoint of sexual inequality inside the movie scene. 

As I have mentioned before, “Wonder women” being the female-fronted movie in this century have the responsibility to promote the ideas of female rights and interests. In our memory, when talking about the superhero we usually think of a male image with a muscular shape. Not many people would tell you they prefer a female representative the justice. This is what we call “Gender stereotypes”, boys like robot and girls like doll, that is the stereotype of people. From the blog wrote by Tim Hanley, we may see how the arise of Wonder Women change the public.

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“The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.”[ref. 1]

To be honest, it is not easy for the female character success in that decade, especially a heroine character. But surprisingly, Wonder Woman not only attracted the attention of the society, but also brought out the relevant issues of women’s rights. In the old days, this was not a simple feat, but a great influence on society and development. Until now, there has been widespread attention and topics in the Wonder Woman movie of last year. In the movie scene, Wonder Woman rescues the main male figure, Steve Trevor. She continually rebuffs Steve’s advances, casting aside the idea that all women want is a husband and children. Even Wonder Woman’s secret identity as Diana Prince becomes a “critique” of the “good girl” stereotype of other comics. Hanley beautifully contrasts Wonder Woman and Diana Prince with the early relationship between Lois Lane and Superman, who tormented and belittled Lois purely for her gender. Diana Prince’s put on frailty before the amazingly inept Steve Trevor thus becomes Wonder Woman’s “performance art” in which she accentuates the stereotype to reveal its absurdity.

“There is an ever-increasing demand for women to bo more widely represented in superheroo films and the announcement of Wonder Women, which is due to be released in 2017, puts DC Comics ahead of its rival. Rival comic book feanchise Marvel,makers of the Iron Man,Avengers and Captain America films, has no public plans to make their own female-led superhero film, despite a high level of interest from fans, many of whom would like to see The Avengers’ Black Widow(Scarlett Johnasson) in her own spin-off movie. There had also been rumours that Sony Pictures Entertainment were planning a female-led superhero film derived from their Spider-Man universe but these were never confirmed.”[ref. 2]

This report shows that the producer of the comic company have never decided to opening the market for heroine. Although they have got plenty of female characters in the comics, they hardly think of using them. Most of the company usually think of the male character as they always easily to present the strong and reliable image, so that viewers feel at ease when watching. Female character is a challege to them as it is harrd to present both strong and female beauty at the same time. That is one of the reasons they sheldom pick a heroine film.

 


Reference:

  1. (n.d.). About Wonder Woman Unbound. Retrieved June 21, 2018, from https://thanley.wordpress.com/about-wonder-woman-unbound/
  2. (2014, October 16). Wonder Woman to be first female-led superhero film since 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2018, from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/11166315/Wonder-Woman-to-be-first-female-led-superhero-film-since-2005.html
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