The physical portrayal of women on television

After watching the episodes we were assigned this week and listening to Demetria Shabazz’s discourse on the use of lighting and cinematography to portray characters in certain ways in sitcoms, I have started to think differently about television and the content of what I am on television. Specifically with women, it seems that the portrayal of their physical features are filmed and lit in a unique way that exemplifies the fact that the character is a beautiful woman. I kept this at the forefront of my mind as I watched Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie and noticed precisely this trend – the female characters are filmed in ways that highlight their bodily features and are lit by the cinematography in ways to exude beauty. I also thought about this as I watched some other shows on television, namely Game of Thrones (even though it’s not a sitcom), specifically with Khaleesi. I noticed that the way that Khaleesi is filmed and portrayed on the screen is different than the way that her male co-stars are portrayed, feminizing and beautifying her as a character while simultaneously objectifying her body. It is interesting because Khaleesi as a character deviates from set gender norms – she is a powerful ruler who stands in the same category as many men in the show. Nevertheless, she is portrayed by the cinematography in a way that highlights the sexual features of her body, such as her hips and her breast, thereby feminizing and objectifying her despite her somewhat “manly” role in the show.

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3 Responses to The physical portrayal of women on television

  1. marymdalton says:

    EXCELLENT POINTS! Who wrote this post?

  2. Jake Moross says:

    Sorry, I forgot to leave my name! This is written by Jake Moross.

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