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a more progressive take on Blog #2

I decided to do an idealogical analysis on a more progressive cultural bias. I have chosen to pull my analysis from the TV shows “Gilmore Girls” and “Reba” and from the movie “The Devil Wears Prada.” All three of these choices highlight a strong female role. Lorelai Gilmore is a single mom that ardently protests getting help from her well-to-do parents. Reba is a divorced woman with a crazy family life, but she is still a strong head to her household. Miranda Priestly is a wildly successful Editor-in-chief of a popular fashion magazine in New York City. All three of these women portray a sort of “hero” for women in our society. I believe that these three media examples show the bias of our culture towards feminism and a “turning of the tables” as it were.

In the past, there was a strong male presence in media. The father was the head of the house and provided for his family. A strong male figure was almost deemed necessary to achieve a “happy” family dynamic. These examples I have chosen are an entirely opposite viewpoint. Each example shows the woman as the successful figure. This is a fairly accurate depiction of where culture is heading–or at least where it is being led.

The ideological analysis of these clips is that even progressive biases such as total feminism is quite easily portrayed in media. It is an example of how truly varied “reality” is in the media. Media has the power to influence you to believe that women are capable of being successful and solely providing for their families one hour while convincing you, in the very next hour, to believe that every woman really does need her “prince charming” to ride in and save the day.


Clips used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chUfzxDdVQ0 Reba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNLvCWvy2f0 Gilmore Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYKOvIFue-g The Devil Wears Prada


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  1. September 27, 2011 at 3:50 am

    This entry demonstrates that there are progressive biases within some films and tv programs, which indeed illustrates that there is support for feminism among a large segment of the viewing population. However, an ideological analysis attempts to reveal what isn’t obvious, and it’s critical of society’s shortcomings. Can you think of how society still falls short of its ideals? That might be a good place to start, for ideological analysis reveals what we still might need to work on. It might mean finding traces of anti-feminism within these pro-women examples, for instance. E.g. that the Anne Hathaway character’s victory is somewhat paralleled to the cruel behaviors of the Meryl Streep character, who demonstrates that women in charge can really be bitches (thus affirming an old stereotype even as a new story is introduced). Sorry, no credit for this one.

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