The representation of women in Hollywood film musicals : a qualitative, critical and visual analysis of gentlemen prefer blondes and Nine.
Hohls, Vyonne Linda.
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Dance, musical theatre, and drama have always been such a passion for me. The magical worlds that these art forms create allow for escapism that we as humans crave, and show us. Being a feminist myself, and a woman in the 21st century, I have had a growing interest in the field of feminism and women’s rights, and feel that there is always something new to learn, and there are always different ways of looking at the ways of the world and representations of women that are given to us through the media. This study looks at how women have been, and are still represented in Hollywood film musicals. Specific examples of popular film musicals and their dance sequences are explored, and I look at the way women are generally represented, and the negative as well as the positive implications and opportunities these representations offer. Based on the textual analysis of my chosen films, as well as examples from other musicals, I look at the concept of the male voyeur, and how women primarily serve as the objects of consumption within these films. I go on to look at whether this representation can at all be empowering for women. My study also provides options for further research into this topic.