Reviewof the movie Starwarsand Fury
Hegemonic masculinity is a common word that is used in gender studyto refer to power a man has to a woman. Hegemonic masculinity hasbeen accepted in our society for the longest time ever however, thishas changed because, more women have become empowered, As a result ofthe woman empowerment, subordination to the male gender is slowlydiminishing as both genders feel like they both can achieve equalgoals. The movies Star Wars and Fury clearly bring out the scenarioof hegemonic masculinity and the inabilities of the female gender tosubordinate or rather to remain inferior in different aspects(Giuffre, Anderson, and Bird, 2013).
Thedirector of the movie Fury also persistent explored the essence ofhegemonic masculinity throughout the movie. Fury is a war movie,unfolding of events during the World War II era. At this time the menare found to have their source power from ideal masculinity. For thismovie, the female gender is subordinated, and the male gender isregarded as more superior. For instance, Wardaddy the leader of thearmy troupe gathered a group of five men who he thought were capableof handling the deadly war. They wanted to fight their way acrossGermany and conquer the land. There are manhood acts present in thismovie fighting in a war is a manhood act, which was taken up by ateam of well able men. Both men and women were expected to worktogether. They wanted both men and women to fight in the war, butfortunately, max was considerate enough to exclude them. During thetime of the war, the people who were greatly affected were the womenand children. The people in power at that time brutalized peopleregardless of the gender. At one time women were crying for help inthe desert and Max, and Furioso came across them, but Furiosacarelessly dismissed them and said that “he had seen something likethis before.” It was a horrible scene to see women crying for help.The woman is not able to dominate in any way they are victims ofcircumstances and the weaker sex. (Giuffre, Anderson and Bird, 2013)
Themale characters in the movie star wars the force awaken exhibithegemonic masculinity and the repeated creation and modernization ofmasculinity. The female characters in the movie well trained to domanly duties. Like for instance, Padme Amidala is good at firing gunsthe first order ships (Beltonand Sawelson, 2012)..She proposes to come up with an army to help in dealing with thethreats and instead put into custody for her proposal. She is greatat fighting, and she shows lots of skills in firing the guns.However, since feminism is a collaborative path, it awakened its malecharacters that happen to be good boys who seem to show gender normseffectively. The domination of the women in this movie was viewed inthe way they fought and handled stuff that was originally supposed tobe man stuff. In the movie star wars, the women do not seem toperform any manhood acts to gain social acceptance. They were forcedto perform the manly duties as victims of circumstances. The men inthe movie exhibited weakness, and it was up to the women such asJakku to take up the responsibility to of fighting back the enemies.Ideally, we can say that the movie subordinates the male figure.Males appear to be inferior as compared to the females and theirskill is what makes them stand out(Belton and Sawelson, 2012).
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