What Makes Us Girls

Women in society have progressed from cooking in the kitchen to government legislation. While these accomplishments should be celebrated, there are still things about the female representation in media that has yet to be changed. Growing up as a child,…

What Makes Us Girls

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Women in society have progressed from cooking in the kitchen to government legislation. While these accomplishments should be celebrated, there are still things about the female representation in media that has yet to be changed. Growing up as a child, girls are exposed to a variety of different female characters, which inspires them to become the woman of their dreams. But what exactly are they aiming to be? Damsels-in-distress waiting for their knight in shining armor? Sleeping beauties? Or courageous heroines who seek adventure and to face their demons head on? Take another look through the gallery of female role models, and ask yourself: who inspires you?

Directed by Jay Zheng
Starring Hannah Mock as model actress.

Director’s Notes: This project was inspired by my research project in my USEM class, which is about the female representation in media – specifically, what determines a good role model between fictional female characters. With this video, I wanted to pose the question to society: why? What exactly have we been mentally teaching our children in terms of gender roles and sexual stereotypes? What is beauty? How should a young girl be seen, not just to her peers, but to herself? What morals and life lessons have fictional characters and stories taught us to become? These are just a few issues I will be addressing in my research project, while this short film will mainly be addressing the physical appearance of fictional female characters and how they reflect on real world women.

Program Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Audition CC

Disclaimer: I do not own the song “Smoke & Mirrors” by Agnes Obel. All rights go to the artist and companies having to do with the making of the music.

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