Essay on Weekly Reading Review

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The readings for this week concerned much upon the origins of meanings that we derive from the images we observe, whether advertisement, entertainment or social interactions. The consensus among Mayne and Gledhill is that what we perceive has nothing to do with what we actually see and everything to do with how we have been trained to feel. Mayne focuses on the way feminine themes are portrayed in cinema and Gledhill describes the framework for forming those meanings. Mayne explores the history of feminist film and draws conclusions and parallels between the social setting and the images displayed within the movies. Contradiction is shown as a major theme of feminine culture which is brought to light in film such as the thought of …show more content…
Mayne also explores film critique from a psychoanalytical perspective. While its application may be limited, a psychoanalytical approach to films can reveal Oedipal-crisis themes and unconscious gender disparities. She continues to explore films like Riddles of the Sphinx which ride the line between criticism and celebration of independence of femininity. Gledhill explores the ties between Marxist ideology and the feminine movement as a whole. In conjunction with Berger, she describes the origins of the framework of society and how we form our opinion of it. Berger and Gledhill support the Marxist idea that the belief systems we follow in society are set by the bourgeois (ruling class) to naturalize the hierarchy. Gerber stated that the rules of society are created and passed down in myths to serve this purpose. According to Marx, this occurs in capitalist societies due to the tendency for resources to pool to a small group of persons. This ruling class forces its ideas to the other low classes. Gender is a class and can be discriminated against just as easily as any other group. Throughout much of society, the male gender class has discriminated against non-male class. Gledhill connects this with the emergence of women as an object and the representation of this in film. The self-reflexive nature of film uplifts the idea by following the rules of society, but puts it on display in which it can be

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