American Studies 201 (November 13 2006)

American Studies 201 (November 13 2006) - The Weepies Films...

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November 13, 2006 The Weepies Films in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s a genre about women for women and usually have sentimental endings. Weepies have a subtext that subverted the ending and made d esires and capacities of women central and had female protagonists that did not submit themselves to men -Portrayal of women is traditional ->Homemakers and married ->Endorsement of conventional view of women’s limitations, attributes, and boundaries -Recent years, scholars have been examining the subtext of these films that actually challenge stereotypes or at least there is an alternative ->Nothing generates one single meaning, the meaning of a film is always contested -These movies were “B Movies”, never the main feature -Focused on women and had happy ending where woman would be married or returned to conventional gender role -Although frame and ending endorsed traditional roles, the body of the film challenged convention -We don’t know how noticed this was at the time A Women Rebels (1936) -Kathryn Hepburn spurns the man she loves because it is rumored that she has a child out of wedlock and doesn’t want to ruin his reputation -Turns newspaper into feminist publication -Movie depicts her successful career as a publicist for 20 years and then she marries the guy Mountain Justice (1937) -Josephine Hutchinson “I don’t want to get married until I find a clinic for nursing mothers” -She about to be lynched and man says
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