Mental Coercion of Women by Men in the Media Essay

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Mental Coercion of Women by Men in the Media

For thousands of years the women of this world have been considered the weaker sex. They have been seen as not capable of doing many things. The media often uses the theme of men overpowering women in their story lines and programmes using poor helpless women victims. The film and theatre make use of this well. The “lady” has always been the helpless maiden in storylines of old films and is still portrayed today in many with little more subtlety. A woman for example is easily used as a person captured at gunpoint where as a man would be the one pointing the gun at her head.

For my images I have chosen still images of women in a position of terror
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This causes his chin to be extended down lower than normal.

Whereas the expression of the woman is the complete opposite, she is scared, terrified and deeply upset. She is fearful of what might happen. Her hair covers around half of her face, which restricts the amount of expression visible. From what you can see of her face you can tell that her mouth is closed yet still her lips are forced outwards. The lower one is dropped loose. This causes none of her teeth to show. Her nose is lifted higher than normal and her eyes are screwed up. The screwing of her eyes has caused a red inflammation of the area surrounding her eyes, this also shows she has been or is crying.

The gesture of the man shows that he is struggling to hold her yet he is still in control of the situation. One of his arms is wrapped tightly around her body with the hand holding tightly to her arm. Whilst the other arm is held up, pointing the gun at her head. The first finger on this hand is curled around the trigger of the gun showing his is able to shoot straight away if it turns against his plans.

His legs show a little more of his feelings about the situation as one of then is spread to the side showing that he is confident enough to be open and slightly vulnerable, instead of having to protect himself by keeping his body curled up.

On the other hand her

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