The Portrayal Of Heterosexual Love

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Chapter 2: Literature Review

This literature review will explore research on the portrayal of heterosexual love in film and the effects that it has on millennial women and through the cycle of repression, its effect on minorities. The analytical framework consists of feminist theory as described by John Storey and Stuart Hall’s representation theory. Then, feminism in romantic fiction will be again be explored academically by Storey, exploring the power that romantic fiction in pop culture has on society and it role it plays in sex.

Next, the phenomenon that is known as, love at first sight will be dissected looking at why this type of storyline is so popular.

Following, submission in relationships as portrayed in film will …show more content…

Focusing on how women will never be free in a patriarchal system, because men are constantly oppressing women pushing them away from total freedom. Ensuring that the integrity of the patriarchal system will remain intact regardless of the setting, in the family home or in government office.

“In Marxist feminist analysis the ultimate source of oppression is capitalism. The domination of women by men is seen as a consequence of capital’s domination over labour,” (Storey, 1998, p.135). This wave of feminism is in essence blaming the system for the repression of women, by allowing men to dominate the workforce. Men dominating the workforce and being the bread winners gave them the appearance of being the “stronger” gender and in turn making women appear “weaker.”

The liberal feminist is the male prejudice against women, this is the idea that men are better than women for no good reason.

By combining these three different waves of feminism, the struggles and oppression that women face in their everyday lives is easily demonstrated and applicable to romantic fiction in entertainment media.

Feminism in Romantic Fiction Popular culture mass produces romantic fiction that are pure fantasies for women including harlequin romances, gothic novels and soap operas. Storey combined with Modleski, argue that these popular narratives speak to real tensions and problems in women’s lives, making them relatable. Comparing to

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