Relationship Between Masculinity And Femininity

1177 WordsNov 14, 20145 Pages
SHE’S THE (WO)MAN KAYLA PRIHODA HARRY BENSHOFF RTVF 3610.001 NOVEMBER 14, 2014 SHE’S THE (WO)MAN She’s the Man (2006) is a film about Viola Hastings, a girl whose passion is to simply play soccer. When her women’s team gets terminated due to lack of players, the discriminatory men’s soccer coach states, “It isn 't me talking, it’s scientific fact: girls can 't beat boys. It 's as simple as that.” Infuriated, Viola decides to impersonate her twin brother at another school in order to make the team and play soccer. She does this in order to prove that “she’s the man” and to demonstrate to the men’s coach that girls can play just as good as boys. This romantic comedy is noted for its contrasting elements between masculinity and femininity. I will be focusing primarily on how the feministic features are different from today’s patriarchal films. The features include: a strong female main character, her reversed gender role, the female gaze, the film’s female screen writers, unusual narrative, genre, and the ideological meanings from this film. Female characters in today’s patriarchal films are placed in stereotypical roles. Females are usually “overtly feminine, have weak character, lack confidence, have an identity that is tied to a man or need to be saved by a man (Smith).” Also, “In 2012, of the top 72 films, 55 of the lead characters were male (Smith).” However, these facts do not apply to Viola. From the beginning of She’s the Man, her independent
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