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KK Carothers English 105 Essay 3 The Exploitation of Women Just as pornography degrades a woman’s image, the occult film exploits women and more importantly what stereotypically exists as women’s most invaluable, distinguishable, feature: the womb, the birthplace and home to all human beings. Unlike pornography, however, the occult genre portrays this degradation more subtly through images and symbols. Specifically in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), director Roman Polanski (charged once with sexual abuse of a thirteen year old girl) reveals female interior space (Clover 112), that is, the women genitalia or its any reference to it, by implementing various images signifying the space and ultimately exploiting it. Tampering with the Woodhouse’s apartment and the image of peep holes and key holes exemplify the abuse of the feminine, internal space. The renovations of the Woodhouse’s apartment indicate the abuse of the female space. Their residence, like the home for a developing baby in a womb, initially appears warm and dark. It harbors the growth of Rosemary, Guy, and their child. When the couple first examines the apartment to purchase, the dim lighting produces a feeling of security and peacefulness.
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