What does it mean to preform womanhood? (The movie make over (Romcoms…
What does it mean to preform womanhood?
Work about gender performance
Amalia Ulman, Exellences and [perfections]
Ulmans Work touches on the subject that we preform all the time for other people, and how social media amplifies the amount of people we preform too, even if most of what we show is fake.
she even pretended to get surgeries
"Her intention was to explore the performative side of gender and criticise reductive, archetypical stereotyping of women. She told Dazed in 2015, “Most of the people who got the performance and were attracted to it were women. They really got it. They saw the amount of work it took to build up the body while men were like, ‘What? I don’t get it, she just looks hot!’”
The Two Fridas
This painting shows how Frida Kalho had to struggle with the want to be a more traditionally feminine Mexican woman and the want to be her own type of woman.
The movie make over
These make overs also usually were done by other character wants instead of the participants wants
Romcoms depictions of women, made for "Women" in mind
Still heavily male focused as the man can be seen as the prize in these film, and in a lot of them, the male counter part will have male stereotype put upon him where he is the one in a more influential role in society.
A woman will learn to put her career behind her, for the "
" of her life.
Romcoms are a gene that has a large cast of leading ladies, but still have problimatic implications in how women are written in them, as seen with the popular makeover trop I just talked about
Dancey, AC; Before and after: the makeover in film and culture (2005) rave.ohiolink.edu
I noticed that the women who were in these films that needed to be changed to find love where also the ones that looked like me. Very good for a young girls self esteem.
Preforming womanhood incorrectly - These makeovers give the message that these women are not behaving in a way that will give them what most of these movies promote as the ultimate goal, male affection.
How being a cis-woman affects what I do
"gender is a kind of improvised performance, a form of theatricality that constitutes a sense of identity"
Butler, Judith (1990).
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Many people will preform a mix of what is considered masculine or feminine, as well as doing things that are non-gendered as well.
Non Conforming to Gender Roles
Macsuline women tend to be ridiculed for not dressing in a way a man would take pleasure out of and for seeming like a threat to other women because of their masculine traits
When looking for images and doing my research I noticed that results showed that not only were men ridiculed for physical feminine characteristic but also for temperamental characteristics likening open with emotions more . As well as just noticing more inflammatory articles over all towards feminine men. This has made me conclude that those expected to have masculine traits are rigidly held to shows those traits more than those expected to have feminine traits are to show their feminine traits.
Speaking of feminine men and performing womanhood, lets go in to the topic of
, where typically, gay men dress and perform in over the top versions of female dress, and literally perform femininity.
A safe space for men to play with gender roles
Non binary folks
Non binary people feel that they do not fit into gender binary of female and male, they can be both genders, neither, or gender fluid, where somedays they identify as male and others female. Show both feminine and masculine traits, pressured to pick a side.
Many trans men and women deal with trying to achieve what is considered passing as their desired gender, and as such will perform the traits the will make others and themselves feel like their true gender
In conclusion, act however makes you feel comfortable in your own skin as long as your not harming anyone else.
There is heavy emphasis on the relationship between woman in looks, women are valued primarily for how they look, while men are valued for what they do.
Women are expected to where makeup in most social events, even for work, even though men do no such thing. Men are allowed to be seen in a more natural rugged state and not be seen in a more negative light, because other than basic hygiene and fashion, men aren't expected to put too much thought into their looks.
- Women are expected to quite and more submissive to the other personalities around them, when being seen as more confrontational, a woman gets labeled as be a nagging bitch
Women are also expected to be very nurturing being pushed from a young age through the types of toys that is branded for them
I try very hard to be liked by people, when I feel like I should try to look at how sometimes I need to worry more about myself, than taking on the burdens of other people.
Not being able to fit into these standards of beauty and seeing how men thought of stereotypical women, created internalized misogyny within myself, and I tried to push away most feminine aspects about myself and go into what I like to call my, not like other girls phase.
I noticed that a lot of girls actually go through this phase of trying to push away what they consider to be traditional femeninity, and have a low regard of the girls and women who are traditionally feminine. Having a sense of superiority in thinking they're different because they are more than a stereotype covered in pink.
This mentality is problematic as it pushes the idea of feminine as lesser than then masculine, because there is nothing inherently wrong in traditionally feminine characteristics, like high empathy and wearing dresses. The issue stems from these characteristics being pushed onto people who may not even want them in the first place