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For many years, much of society has been sexist and today there are still individuals, certain religions and races who discriminate against women and other females in general. "A women's place is in the home."

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For many years, much of society has been sexist and today there are still individuals, certain religions and races who discriminate against women and other females in general. "A women's place is in the home." According to this phrase women have always been submissive, staying at home and looking after their children and generally doing domestic chores. The expression implies that women do not deserve an education or a career; they only serve a domestic purpose. Women have been portrayed as 'Sluts', simply because of their dress sense, hairstyle, makeup and jewellery. 'Barbie', the American doll, has been a world-wide success among young girls for many years, creating an image that young girls should wear heavy makeup, jewellery and tarty clothes for fashion purposes. Women are given a very low status, like Barbie, they are seen as 'Blonde Bimbos', or 'Airheads' who consistently walk on their tip toes. In many cases, when a woman has a career she is not taken seriously due to this. The film 'Working Girl', set in the mid 1980's, tells the story of a young woman who finally succeeds in her career when she arrives in New York after many years of being treated as a 'Blonde Bimbo'. In the 1900's America was the focus for the puritans and pilgrims throughout Britain and Europe. These groups of people travelled to America to escape oppression and harsh governments. ...read more.

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They patronise and tease Tess constantly. Tess does not like this and wants to 'get herself noticed'. Tess's new business however is very different. The dress code is very smart. Her new boss is a woman (unlike her previous boss) who dresses to impress. When Tess has her first meeting with her new boss Katherine, Katherine explains that it is a 'Two Way Street' in her business and that only Tess can make it happen. Tess begins to believe in herself again, thinking that she can become what she wants to be in life. The camera view often shows Katherine looking down on Tess especially when Tess is made to carry Katherine's bags and fasten her ski boots. The idea of the camera looking down is to show that Katherine has more importance than Tess does. Tess undergoes a transformation, which originates when Tess finds out that Katherine has been publicising Tess's ideas for her own. After this experience Tess cuts her hair short and begins to wear classic cut suits. Tess has now created a stylish, sleek and sophisticated image for herself. She wears less jewellery and make-up and tries new perfumes. Tess also changes her voice to make her sound more mature. It becomes lower and it slows down slightly, she begins to sound more business like. ...read more.

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"Competitions for top positions may be fierce." The page-based text is more widely accessible as readers can pursue it wherever they are. The time based-text requires the audience to make a point of watching it. In comparison, the page-based text is concerned with improving readers' status. The time-based text is based on coincidences. The text is like gossip. It is personalised as if a friend was talking to you. It is also an anacdote. In the film, 'Working Girl', Warren starts the meeting with an anacdote. This is a story that has a point to it, which we can learn from. Pat Hawkes, who wrote a passage in the article, discusses 'taking risks'. This is relevant to the film because Tess took a huge risk. I think that the page-based text is not encouraging readers to develop themselves but instead to be sycophants and to change their personalities. The article is recommending readers to be 'yes' people. "No one said getting yourself noticed would be easy" This quote suggests that the reader is very low down and that they do not get noticed. Overall, the 'get yourself noticed' article is teaching readers that they have to be false to be popular. It makes readers feel depressed, stressed and it is quite complex. Whereas the film 'Working Girl' tells a story of success, leaving the audience to decide for themselves how they can become successful. The film is not judgmental, unlike the text and does not create stress or tension. ...read more.

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