ELEMENTS OF SEXISM IN THE MOVIE “BRAVE”

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Rida E Ali Marwah Javed Alishba Jamil Sheema Qazi Kabeer Shah

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QUESTIONS:

What are the elements of Sexism portrayed in the movie, “Brave”?

Why media keeps on showing that only man can become a better sports person than a female?

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

This research aims to justify the elements of sexism and the prioritization of male in the field of sports, as shown in today’s media.

INTRODUCTION:

“Sexism is a form of prejudice or discriminatory treatment based on a person’s sex” (Lorenzi-Cioldi & Kulich, 2015, p. 693). In contemporary world we have often seen sexist behavior of people, who without any doubt do it so amazingly that even those who are against it do not even catch them doing so. Sexist people have taken sexism to another level by portraying it in the form of different media platforms; like movies, sports, social networking etc. all of these have their respective roles in society.

Due to this, without any acknowledgement, people’s mind gets poisoned.

Media uses modern movies to inject sexists’ plots into the minds of ordinary people, who watch movies for the sake of entertainment. These people being so worn out of their regular life do not pick the implicit meanings hiding behind the character’s story and their discourse. The movie which has been chosen to clear out the thick smoke of nice and happy ending plots, which by far are not exactly the way they are portrayed as, is a type of a fairy-tale called “Brave” released in 2012, which is under the label of Disney and Pixar.

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Fairy-tales are type of movies which have majority of audience and to most people have a special connection with them. Now that respective audience has started seeing things from different perspectives they have come to this realization that all these years their minds were being molded to understand the concept of male dominance as a normal thing in a society. Without a strong muscular knight in shining armor, a princess (portrayal of a girl) could never win the conquests of her life. She was just shown in those Victorian Era robes and gowns, being dressy and pretty for the guy to save her. In this movie Brave (2012) the protagonist Merida is not like those typical princess like figures we have seen in earlier fairy-tale movies, she liked to do Archery, ride on the back of horses and race into the woods with them, but her mother continuously used to demotes her for fulfilling her desires just because she was a girl. “A princess does not chortle, doesn’t stuff her gob, rises early, is compassionate, patient, cautious, clean, and above all, a princess strives for, well, perfection” (Sarafian, Chapman, Andrews, 2012). This quote was said by Queen Elinor (mother) to Merida.

16192555245Fairy tales have generally been considered a minor generic category within literature, yet have been the object of a great deal of analysis from the perspective of other fields, from anthropology to psychoanalysis. These approaches have foregrounded their relevance as vehicles for the transmission of certain values and the developing of both the individual and the common psyche. However, for literary critics whose orientation is focused on the ideological impact of literary texts, the values expressed through fairy tales are considered conservative as they maintain a long-established supremacy of patriarchal principles. The persistent representation of the hero as male and the heroine as a passive character, typically a reward for the hero. (Morante, 2015, p. 50).

00Fairy tales have generally been considered a minor generic category within literature, yet have been the object of a great deal of analysis from the perspective of other fields, from anthropology to psychoanalysis. These approaches have foregrounded their relevance as vehicles for the transmission of certain values and the developing of both the individual and the common psyche. However, for literary critics whose orientation is focused on the ideological impact of literary texts, the values expressed through fairy tales are considered conservative as they maintain a long-established supremacy of patriarchal principles. The persistent representation of the hero as male and the heroine as a passive character, typically a reward for the hero. (Morante, 2015, p. 50).

“The media is one of the most influential forms of socialization in today’s society in generating gender values” (Perderson, 2002 cited in Trolan, 2013, p. 215). In the past century, if this statement would have been said it definitely would have raised a lot of questions but in the modern world, unfortunately it is an ugly truth of society. Today sports is not just watched, played or participated rather it is used as a device which could aid in making grand businesses, where gender discrimination is as normal as a cultural norm. ”Sportswomen live in two distinctly separate cultures, the sporting culture and the larger culture where they must deal with the continual clash between being an athlete and a woman” (Trolan, 2013, p. 216). There are no regard for a good sportswoman, she is objectified and considered boyish with no delicacy in her character, which a women should definitely have according to media gurus of shaping an ideal society. “The published stories and news on women’s sports focus on the appearance of the athletes, rather than on their performance” (Tina & Doupona, 2006, p.8).

In the movie Brave (2012) Merida is seen doing Archery from a very young age, which she has been taught by her father, who thinks that it would just be forgotten by her as she will grow but later in the story it is developed that Merida becomes quite fond of it and makes it her hobby so as when the suitors go through a trial in which they have to do archery to see which one of the three men would be a great warrior and suitable for the kingdom after marrying her. When only one out of three aims the target and two miserably fails at it, Merida being frustrated takes her bow and aims at all three of her targets, which gives rise to her mother’s rage as she did not only embarrassed her in all the kingdom but while doing so her gown gets ripped as well, she says to her, “You are princess, you should act like one” (Sarafian, Chapman, Andrews, 2012). From here we can understand that these gender differences have been deeply rooted in the minds of these characters. This is not the major problem here, the main problem is that all these sexist elements are unconsciously also being inherited in the minds of the watchers of the movie as well. These watchers then make the society and when having such influences in the back of their minds, can give rise to lots of anti-feminists’ antics.

REFERENCES:

Lorenz-Cioldi, F., Kulich, C. (2015). Sexism. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Science, 21(2), 693-699. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.24089-0Morante, L., D. (2015). Pixar’s New Fairy Tale Brave: A Feminist Redefinition of the Hero Monomyth. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 19, 49-66. Retrieved from K. (Producer), & Chapman, B., & Andrews, M. (Director). 2012. Brave (DVD). United States: Transmission. Retrieved from L., Doupona, M. (2006). Analysis on Newspaper Reports Sporting Events from the Aspect of Gender Inequality. Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis Gymnica, 36(3), 1-76. Retrieved from E., J. (2013). The Impact of the Media on Gender Inequality within Sport. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 91, 215-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.08.420

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