(THE ORIGINAL ASSIGNMENT)Your assignment is to write a 3-4 page paper analyzing a media text from a gender perspective. Choose a text that is manageable, such as a commercial, an episode of a scripted or semi-scripted television show, or a short film. Pay particular attention to what the text tells us about gender. Some of the following questions may be helpful.1) Do the gender representations in the text match the generally held assumptions about gender in society?2) Do men in the text appear to ascribe to traditional masculine tenants? Do women appear to ascribe to traditional feminine tenants? And, of course, what are these tenants?3) Does the text ascribe to traditionally heterosexist standards? Is it inclusive of LGBT communities?4) Does the text “push the envelope” of our understanding of gender?5) Is the text empowering? (THE MEDIA TEXT – FILM)
The Danish Girl(COMMENTS TO EDIT THE PAPER)- The paper is more descriptive than analytical. Point to ways in which femininity and masculinity is represented in the film? The film also struggles with sexual orientation and societies acceptance or rejection of such. For example, the wife decides she cannot live with her husband once he transitions. Furthermore, Lily seems to desire men. How are those nuances depicted in the film?
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Gender Analysis – Media Text Analysis: The Danish Girl
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Gender identity, whether transgender, was an issue that has been bought before by drama
in tv works, movies or press writings or human rights associations. The discourses of gender
identity have always been controversial and created a state of tension from the religious and the
conservatives on the one hand, and the supporters of sex reassignment surgery as a legitimate right.
The Danish Girl is a movie that discusses gender identity focusing on the transition procedure.
The film is about a couple from Denmark, in the 1920s, working as artists, the wife Gerda Wigner
and husband Einar Wegner, who decides to become a women known as Lili Elbe. The film comes
to highlight the suffering of transgender people and the oppression of society, especially it is a
very sensitive topic. It shows how transgenders suffer at all levels between themselves, within their
families and the surrounding environment. The movie did not address the issue of gender
superficially, comedy, or even sexually like most movies that talk about transgender; instead, it
showed the history of human suffering. I think the Danish girl did not fall into a stereotypical
category, presenting an artistic and aesthetic vision, revealing the human feelings of its characters
away from vulgarity. This is important because it highlights the identity of transgender people and
what is it like to be a trans woman in a time and place where this idea was not acceptable at all.
The movie did not defend the issue of sexual transformation and did not just interpolate the viewer
in its scenes. It addressed the changes of women from the inside and her inside world, her
menstrual cycle and then the pride of women as a woman, even if the body of a man. It definitely
did not interpolate religion, where it does not see the human soul, does not care about the body;
instead, it prison the body and not liberated.
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The movie events take place in the 1920s, and it is a period where transgender,
homosexuality, intersex are not accepted as gender identities; whoever consider any of these
identities seen as physically or mentally ill and should be cured. In one of the sense EinarLily was
talking to the specialist where he explained his condition as ”confused state of masculinity and the
infertility,” Gerda attempt to rescue her husband Einar from his condition through radiation was
not successful. Our understanding of gender identity is fundamental and important to
understanding differences that emerge socially and have nothing to do with those biological
differences related to the reproductive system and organs of both male and female. They are related
and to the expected roles that society draws and the look of this society to each gender, in this case,
transgenders. In the Danish Girl, the wife could accept at the beginning her husband as a female
Lily, and the doctors noticed that he was born with male organs and that what he should be. The
concept of gender is important because it influences the status, image as well as the rights and
duties of transgender people. These social relations are changing in different institutions of society
(family, religious, educational institution, etc.) and this institution resist and reject any changes
that are not usual and consider it not normal and not good. Gender defines roles by society; roles
are linked to the expectations of the society from the individual to builds these expectations based
on gender in the traditional roles for males and roles for women. Each of these roles is associated
with a set of behaviors that reflect the prevailing values in a particular society. This is what I saw
in one of the scenes when Einar spoke with his friend before the surgery about his desire to be a
woman and his desire to connect emotionally with a man like him and have a child someday “like
a real woman.”
Through the events, that Lily go through, and the suffering, her role as a trans woman
within the Denmark society was disempowered; despite that, I think her fight in her journey to
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become a real women and her refusal to be in identity and body that does not represent her was
empowering as the first person ever did the sex reassignment surgery. I think what distinguishes
the film from other media texts is that it does not drift into discussing sexual transformation from
the angle that the viewer expected, it did not consider the problems or crises of those who desire
gender change and the intransigence of the society. What it did is merely presented a poem in
praise of absolute beauty, praised femininity, away from falling into the idea of the lust of the body
or sexual pleasure. As for what happened, I did not find the church’s view, or the clamor of the
press, as if there was no one in the world only Lili Elbe the wife, there is a childhood friend, and
the rest understand two or three appear in a few scenes. The movie is about a transgender person
and the agony to accept who they are and the pain of their loved ones, especially intimate partners
like Gerda and Einar.
The Danish Girl portrayed the real suffering of these transgenders through the exploration
of sexual and gender identity in confronting of cultural expectations; however, like many other
movies or tv series I believe the movie did not really represent transgenders. When making a movie
or tv work one of the important things in Hollywood is to present a work that will become a success
and will sell in the box office. Instead so choosing an actor or actress that is really a transgender
to play the role they cast a cisgender man (Eddie Redmayne) to play the role of trans women. I
believe the Star-System in Hollywood reinforces this idea to ensure the success and the popularity
of the work since Eddie Redmayne is already an Academy Award winner and a famous actor. This
could take away acting jobs from real transgenders. Despite Eddie Redmayne astonishing acting
skills, I believe that a real transgender actor actress can only represent a role of Lili Elbe. It is
difficult and impossible to understand what being a transgender person really without experiencing
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that in real life, therefore, the experience cannot be described in the most repetitive and accurate
possible way.
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References
Hooper, T., Mutrux, G., Harrison, A., Bevan, T., Fellner, E., Coxon, L., Redmayne, E., …
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm),. (2016). The Danish girl.

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