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Gender Representation In Vicar of Dibley

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Gender Representation in Vicar Of Dibley Sitcoms as a whole rely heavily on stereotypes and the best way of showing these are through varying degrees of stereotypical character. One of the main stereotypes of a character are through how the different genders are represented. For example stereotypically, females are shown as very affectionate and loving, whereas men as seen to be much more hardy and solitary. I am going to be analysing how the different genders are represented in this sitcom, and see how this affects the audience and their views. One of the first things I noticed in Vicar or Dibley, is that all of the men in it are represented as quite odd, with the only normal character being Geraldine, who is a woman. Take for example David Horton, who is a very pompous and old fashioned gentleman. Even though on the surface he seems normal, his constant trying to reinforce his masculinity makes he seem like a desperate man. ...read more.

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These are quite violent and powerful imaged, which all have manly connotations of strength and power. Also the way he dresses tells something about him. He always wears very proper clothes, such as a tie and suit. Even when he is shown in the comfort of his own home, he continues to wear these very uncomfortable and elegant clothes. Even though he has all of these very masculine qualities, he is often ridiculed for being quite effeminate, such as when Geraldine and Tristan joke about John Inman and David has to reassure his masculinity by saying how he is going off to watch some wrestling, a very masculine sport. Another point to David's gender representation is when they are talking about Newsnight. David goes home on certain evenings to watch Newsnight. This is quite stereotypical as men often watch factual documentary programs, which is what Newsnight is. In many ways we can draw parallels between David and Geraldine in that they both change from their normal characteristics around love interests. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another thing about their 2 houses are the cleanliness/order of them. David's house is very organised and clean, almost like a hospital ward. Geraldine's on the other hand is far more disorganised, not dirty, but more cosy. This reflects her gender, by showing her as more approachable and warmer, than David's cool and hard exterior. The camera work also shows various representations of gender, for example in the final scene, where they are all sitting down watching the episode on the television, you can see that David has put himself in the middle of the group, trying to show off his masculinity, by being the center of attention. He does this at the council meetings as well, positioning himself in the middle. Through these many mediums, gender is represented in different ways, and as shown, they don't always follow the classic sitcom rules. Females have masculine qualities, whereas many male characters are portrayed far more feminine then would be in a classical representation of a sitcom. ...read more.

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