SKRIPSI Jurusan Sastra Inggris - Fakultas Sastra UM, 2007

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The Images of Women as Portrayed by the Female Character in Secretary

Lidia Nur Utami


The images of women in films show how films view women and their relationship with men. So often, the representation of women and spectatorship are viewed from the patriarchal point of view. Thus, woman as a woman is absent from the text of film.

The images of women in Secretary can be seen from the three domains; professionalism, domestic, and sexuality. This study reveals that the images have shown the same basic pattern. Women are submissive, inferior, dependent, and intellectually less capable then men. Furthermore, the images show that women are sacred as well as profane. They are to be worshiped as well as to be enjoyed. Thus, women are said to be ‘divine slut’. In terms of power, women are portrayed as having less power than men do. Thus, they should live under men’s control and domination, which force them to suffer sexual objectification and harassment, stereotyping, and mental oppression, and even slavery. In any relationship between men and women, the images show that women are the slave, whereas men are the master.

Furthermore, the imaging of the characters uses the ‘male look’ or ‘male gaze’. Thus, the imaging of the female characters works to satisfy the male spectators’ needs of sexual pleasure. The female character is made to be the sexual object for both the male spectators and characters. Moreover, the imaging diminishes the power of the female character and encourages the admiration for the male character by employing various film techniques. And within every imaging lies enormous meanings that stereotype, objectify, and subordinate women.

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