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The Myths of Rape Culture
by Cortez, Tanya Erika, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2020, 118; 27956065
Abstract (Summary)

A textual analysis on examining the portrayal of rape culture in four different films across the twentieth century. Society has always believed in rape myths that encourage the idea of victim blaming. From classic cinema to contemporary films that involve rape towards women by men such as Gone with the wind, Johnny Belinda, The Accused and Boys Don’t Cry. Each film is from a different decade and will be measured in how different the act of rape was looked at during that time period. The methodology that will be used to analyze the films will be cultivation theory, which will reflect society’s beliefs of rape victims and rape myths that are used to shame the women. Questions will involve how the oppressor and victim was represented and how long the scenes were, as well as the types of camera angles that were used to look at the characters.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Regan, Suzanne
Commitee: Chao, Lena, Clarke, Michael, Olsen, David
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Film studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Film, Media studies, Television
Publication Number: 27956065
ISBN: 9798662500822
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