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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Courage Under Fire: Silver Screen Representations of Female Military Personnel

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How are female military personnel depicted in contemporary films? Previous research on gender portrayals in film has not addressed this specific question. We will examine cinematic portrayals of service women; we anticipate that female characters in the military will be depicted in a biased or inaccurate manner. Ten films with female characters in any branch of the military will be viewed and critically evaluated. A content analysis rating sheet will be used to assess demographic information as well as gender roles of the female characters. The rating sheet contains a list of stereotypical masculine and feminine characteristics, which will be individually evaluated. We will summarize ratings of assessed female characters across all films in the effort to determine whether cinematic portrayals parallel actual qualities of women in the military. This study could shed light on societal misconceptions about and stereotypes of female military personnel and clarify how these impressions relate to traditional gender role stereotypes.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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