Friday, 27 November 2009

Female Representation in Two And A Half Men

As the name suggests, this programme is mainly centered around men and their lives.

Females are represented as sexy, thin 'barbie dolls'. This stereotypical view of gold-diggers have been transported to situation comdeies and therefore representing real-life.
There is the occasional difference in representation; Berta the housewife. If somone asks a man "what do houewives usually look like?" They will probably reply with, "Hot".

This 'hot' view of housewives has been almost purposefully misconstued by the creators, because they have chosen an overweight, not particularly attractive, although incredibly funny, middle-aged woman.
The picture on the left in Burta, and the one on the right is Candy.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Gender representation in 'Atonement'

In the beginning of Atonement, females are represented in a very elegant fashion. None of the women are fat, all of them are skinny, and almost every woman is beautiful.
The female role in the film is more relaxed than a man's role; writing plays, romance, reading books, smoking cigarettes.
Men are represented in the film as being very posh, handsome and straight. Their role in the beginningof the film is romance and war.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Representation Homework


Stereotyping is something that we all do, it is a natural part of the way our minds work and not necessarily, in itself, a bad thing.

The four parts of a media storage:
- Appearance - This can include physical appearance as well as clothing a sound of voice.
- Behaviour - Typical things that people in this group might do.
- The stereotype is constructed in ways that fir the particular medium - E.g. One group of stereotypes are created in very different ways.
- There will always be a comparison whether real or imaginary with 'normal' behaviour - E.g. On the News, tales of striking workers (another stereotype) are always contrasted with interviews with 'normal' people who are suffering as the result of their actions.

Changing representations - Countertypes

The orgional stereotype of black people was negative. In the film 'Independance Day', Will Smith is seen as a strong and positive hero. This is changing the origional stereotype into something different.

Media Diary for Half Term

Films I've watched...that I can remember:

- My Bloody Valentine (2009)
- Goodfellas (1990)
- A Guide To Recognising Your Saints (2006)
- The 39 Steps (1935)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- The Host (2006)

Television Programmes I've watched...that I can remember:

- The Simpsons (Sky1 and Channel 4)
- Come Dine With Me (Channel 4)
- Mock The Week (Dave)
- Life (BBC)
- Hollyoaks (Channel 4)
- Top Gear (Dave)
- Neighbours (FIVE)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (More 4)
- Family Guy (BBC3)
- Katie - My Beautiful Face (Channel 4)
- P Diddy's Starmaker (Channel 4)