Saturday, 10 October 2009

Representation of Gender In the Bunty for Girls and Closer Magazine

This edition of Bunty for Girls back in 1950 was one we reviewed. It represents girls as not normally having things by calling it "bunt for girls" as if it is unusual. The girl on the front and is waering a shor skirt, is pretty, thin, surouned by wildlife blonde, stupid for leaving food for the goat and a victim of this. This is a stereotypical reprensentation therefore it connotes girls should be these qualilties and if there not there abnormal. It is countertypical that the woman is outside but stereotypical that she is surounded by wildlife like in snow white the comic is signifying self beauty attracts natural beauty and happiness. There is an article in the comic where a woman does fight for feminism which is counter typical she therefore tries boxing a stereotypical mans role but when she see's a mouse it is the man that stereotypically saves her. The comic therfore implies that a woman cant do a man's job but the comic fails to show an countersteroetypical man more like the stereotypical woman thefore signifying how seperate the two sexes are. All the women in the comic are doing house work especially in the article "The Four Mary's" this is once again stereotypical while the men have proffesional jobs. The classes also seem to be very set with one woman discrimintating the lower classes but women appear to be of lower social class than men.

In a modern day closer however the pictures are all real, the women are thinner, less natural, more expresive, more dominant, the sotries are more shocking and have deeper materail, there are celebrities which the other doesnt and the text is more gossipy and bitchy. The pictures are real and women are thinner this siginifies girls should be this unaturally thin a stereotypical view of female beuty "get super toned legs" and other such like articles also pressurise this. The girls in it have more of a voice which is counter typical "marry me or else" but they are stereotypically more emotional than physical. The magazine pushes the bounderies more which is a stereotypical teenage ambition but countertypical to the conforms of 1950. This magazine conveys a more 3 dimensional representation of woman where on one hand they're vunerable, anerexic, depressive, weight gaining ugly looking woman showing how signifying stereotypically beuty is very important but countertypically so is hapyness although steotypically it conveys hapiness through losing weight by the diets they provide and makeup the advertise. The message is confusing. The other side to they portrayed is of bitchy, in charge and tumoling relationships of celebrity women this signifies stereotypically that it's ok for a girl to be like this. The men in the magazine are idolised as sexy hunks to be fought for and judged by women this is countertyical as the women are in charge. The wome in the magazine expecially the celebrities apear not to have proffesions and are famous for being famous this is stereotypical as it signifies girls should have nor profsion and be at home but unlike the Bunty it doesnt convey them doing housewrok The magazine is a stereotypical pink.

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