September 21, 2006

Women in Hollywood in Noir

Just heard a noir historian say that in Noir films from the forties you can almost immediatly say that a woman who works is going to be the nicest person in the picture, the woman who doesnt but wants to make her way up by her sexual attraction to men is going to be the nastiest.

This probably reflects the consistant fear of people in this case men of a loss of independence through their desire for sex. The kind of fear that arises in all of us, a sort of suspicious jealousy- and maybe that has as in film noir an occasional political overtone where the position of the sexes in a sexist view of the world (either way) is one of the dependance of the inferior on the superior to avoid the ultimate terror- the dependance of the superior on the inferior, which may as we conventionally think be economic but might also be sexual. It probably explains the huge animus say that fundamentalism has not merely towards work, but also more visibly and more emotionally towards women behaving as coquettes.

1 comments:

edmund said...

It probably explains the huge animus say that fundamentalism has not merely towards work,

er? what fundamentaitm I think you need to use less of a meanginelss term or people will think you're karen armstrong