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10 things I hate about Stereotypical Femininity

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10 things I hate about Stereotypical Femininity An all time favourite film is also another compliance of traditional concepts of gender. Femininity. When one hears this word what would generally spring to mind are the commonly assumed images of the classic female beauty - pretty, smiling, stereotypically beautiful and probably covered in pink. For my first and most important of 10 things I hate about stereotypical femininity - Films of today are often positioning viewers to agree to stereotypical constructions of gender, which occurs in the film 10 things I hate about you. Clich�d femininity in this film has been both adhered to and challenged through different characters in the film. My item on the list is that Bianca's character fits the mould of a traditional teenage girl beautifully. She is pretty and adored by all her peers, she is perceived to be almost untouchable as she is described by Michael, a boy at her school of lower social stance as part of the "don't even think about it" group. ...read more.


She responds to Bianca's words of 'Wisdom' with a plain "Ooh" in adoring agreement. This adds to the stereotypical construction of Bianca's character as the 'Queen- Bee' high school sweetheart. They are both shown to be chasing boys, wanting to attend parties and going to the Prom, all of which reflect the conventional teen girl's train of thought. Bianca's predictable character is most successful in proving that viewers of contemporary movies are positioned to agree with these traditional views of femininity. Ten things I hate about you can also be congratulated for introducing a character who does not comply with the traditional ideas of femininity. Bianca's sister, Kat, whose name arguably has a slight irony about it, is a "heinous bitch" as described by her peers in the movie. My fifth, on my list of ten hates, is of the stereotypical female rebel. ...read more.


Kat's personality does not change, except maybe for discovering she can find happiness in other people. My final point, number ten, is that Kat becomes less sour, more affectionate towards hers sister, but still true to her non conforming values and way of life. So we have a character that has conformed to both ends of the stereotypical femininity scale in this film. Maybe they just can't help themselves these days. Unquestionably, films of today are active in expressing stereotypes of gender. Viewers are almost demanded to concur with such stereotypes, although if one looks hard enough they are likely to find conflicting factors. The question is are viewers of today prepared to look that hard? Probably not. Then again, the people creating these films clearly can't help themselves but to make each female character at least fall head over heals in love with a hunk! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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