WSTB13H3 Lecture Notes - Mona Lisa Smile, Bechdel Test, Penis Envy

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One of the most influential articles on feminine film studies: Written in 1975s and is based on psychoanalysis. Concerned with how film is filled with patriarchy. One element of patriarchy the author talks about is phallocenterism. Phallocenterism in psychoanalytics is worldview that see"s the penis is a symbolic centre of meaning. Phallus the power that comes from having a penis. The loss of power that the phallus represents. Related to the penis envy concept that women are lacking. As a result of this women become the other. As a result women are considered objects and not subjects. You don"t make meaning you don"t get to decide what meaning is. How film resembles the language of patriarchy. The author talks about how we don"t talk enough about women are represented in film even if they represented in a passive way. Deconstructing film will allow us to get away from. Hollywood patriarchy and maybe create a new language.

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