Please write a post engaging with some of the questions provided in the prompt below. All original posts are due by Tuesday morning at 9am. Keep these posts clear and to the point (300-400 words). Try to pick some set of relevant questions from below and write a short essay with a thesis and supporting arguments (do not respond in a question/answer format).
Prompt: According to Basinger, what qualifies as a “woman’s film” and what messages did they send to women in the 1930s-1950s? Woman’s films are not a thing of the past, however. Find an example of a “woman’s film” made in the past 15 years and discuss how the messages it communicates to viewers are both similar and different from older “woman’s films” (NOTE: you do not need to watch an entire film! You can find a film review online and read that instead). Finally, take a stand: do viewers today passively accept what these new movies tell them? If not, how do they “negotiate” what they take away from the films?
To help you get started with your research, here are some links:
Although you may not use Wikipedia as an academic source, it does offer a helpful overview of the topic (and reiterates what Basinger argues):
A list of “woman’s films” has been curated on IMDB (you can sort out the list by release date):