Semiotics Of Striptease


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Semiotics Of Striptease

  1. 1. WARNING<br />Only for individuals above the mental age of 18<br />
  2. 2. Video Strip tease<br />
  3. 3. Group MembersAnkush | Gargi | Rahul| Rutu | Shipra | Sonam<br />
  4. 4. Overview<br />Analyzing the depiction of “striptease” in the songs of Indian Hindi commercial cinema using the theory of Roland Barthes using following steps<br /><ul><li>Identification of a typical striptease
  5. 5. Analyzing women striptease depiction in Indian Bollywood over a span of 4 decades
  6. 6. Comparison of female strip teaser with a male in present Bollywood</li></ul>The parameters used for analysis are:<br /><ul><li>Dancing
  7. 7. Props
  8. 8. Clothes
  9. 9. Décor</li></ul>Sample taken for analysis is set of Bollywood songs depicting striptease from each decade <br />Striptease code has been analyzed using a set of Indian and western songs<br />
  10. 10. Striptease = Strip + Tease<br /><ul><li>“Strip”-Through the shedding of an incongruous and artificial clothing striping signifies
  11. 11. Nakedness as a natural vesture of woman resulting in the end to regaining a perfectly chaste state of the flesh</li></ul>“Tease&quot; - slowness of undressing using various tactics<br /><ul><li>Delay tactics include</li></ul>Additional clothes being removed <br />Putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts, such as breasts or between the legs<br /><ul><li>Emphasizing act of undressing with sexually suggestive movement
  12. 12. Fantasy themes- schoolgirl uniform, maid's dress, policewoman's outfit, cowboy hats etc.
  13. 13. Continued dancing by nude dancers after undressing
  14. 14. Similar to any mystifying spectacle, the decor, the props and the stereotypes intervene to contradict the initially provocative intention revealed during undressing and eventually bury it in insignificance</li></li></ul><li>Parameters used for analysis by Roland Barthes<br />Props<br />Adornments<br /><ul><li>The furs,
  15. 15. The gloves
  16. 16. The feathers
  17. 17. The fishnet stockings,
  18. 18. g-strings with diamonds or sequins
  19. 19. Precious stones.</li></ul>Analysis<br /><ul><li>Feathers, furs and gloves go on pervading the woman with their magical virtue even once removed, and give her something like the enveloping memory of a luxurious shell
  20. 20. Precious stone is a symbol of the absolute object which serves no purpose
  21. 21. G-String covered with diamonds or sequins which is the end of striptease. Geometrical shape, hard and shiny material, bars the way to the sexual parts like a sword of purity
  22. 22. All signifiers together signify the living body belonging to the category of luxurious objects which surround man with a magical décor</li></li></ul><li>Parameters used for analysis by Roland Barthes<br />Dance<br />Dancing which accompanies striptease from beginning to end is the faintly rhythmical undulation and exorcizes the fear of immobility<br />Dance consists of ritual gestures which have been seen a thousand times<br /><ul><li>Acts on movements as a cosmetic
  23. 23. Hides nudity
  24. 24. Overpower the sight by too many yet essential gestures, as the act of becoming bare is derogatory.</li></ul>Dancing makes the dancer <br /><ul><li>Remote
  25. 25. Icy indifferent like a skilful practitioner haughtily taking refuge in the sureness of their technique</li></li></ul><li>Parameters used for analysis by Roland Barthes<br />Décor- Ambience<br />The music-hall, mostly rounded up constantly <br /><ul><li>make the unveiled body more remote, and
  26. 26. force it back into the all-pervading ease of a well-known rite</li></ul>Establishes women as an object in disguise<br />Clothing<br /><ul><li>Woman is covered with a series of coverings which she pretends to strip it bare.
  27. 27. It signifies a woman as an object in disguise
  28. 28. Shedding clothes signifies nakedness as natural vesture of women</li></li></ul><li>Analysis Of Demi Moore Video<br />
  29. 29. Clothing<br />Tie School girl clothes - Indicative of male fantasy<br />Stilettos – Feminine grace & walk and gives height<br />Unbuttoning & unzipping – With a very slow pace to appeal to the voyeuristic gaze<br />Garter Belt – Symbolism to deflowering<br />Throwing clothes – Making the tease personal & satisfactory<br />Order of undressing<br />Hair opening<br />Color of clothing:<br />Black, Red<br />Shining colors: Indicative of luxury, especially diamond studded garments<br />
  30. 30. Props<br />Pole- it symbolizes the sexual organs, used as support while dancing<br />Hat<br />As additional clothing to delay the action<br />Countryside, cowboy which symbolizes raw and wild desire, <br />To hide the face so that emphasis is on the body<br />Untying of hair<br />Cigar- Smoking, indicative of ‘loose’ women<br />
  31. 31. Ambience & Dance<br />Dark with spotlight on the dancer: The attention should be only on the dancer<br />Lights usually red or blue<br />Stage is present in the centre<br />Ramp<br />Semicircular Seating so that the dancer is equidistant<br />Chairs and round tables<br />Dance <br /> Provocative, aggressive gestures<br />Slow, curvy movements<br />Sexual positions<br />
  32. 32. 1970s : HusnKeLakhon Rang<br />
  33. 33. 1970s – Husnkelakhon rang<br />Clothing<br />Western<br />Red color<br />Boots<br />Head Scarf<br />Jewel crusted belt<br />Undressing: <br />Untying hair<br />Slow, teasing<br />Props:<br />No props<br />Ambience & Dance:<br />Occurring in a criminal atmosphere<br />Aggressive dance<br />Use of the symbolic bull fight<br />Plot & character<br />Male: Villain<br />Female: Victim, not the female lead<br />
  34. 34. 1980s: Ek to kamzindagani<br />
  35. 35.
  36. 36. Analysis<br />Clothing<br />Western, with foreign girls<br />Black Color, Shining clothes to attract attention<br />Costumes relating to fantasies: Police women, Jane, Blonde girls<br />Boots, stilettos<br />Undressing: <br />No undressing<br />Props:<br />Caps<br />Whips<br />Bear, signifying evil, danger<br />Ambience & Dance:<br />Different colors of spot lights<br />Plot & character<br />Male: Frequented by criminals and negative characters<br />Female: Dancers are objects, not the female leads<br />
  37. 37. 1990s –Ye Jawanihadhkar de<br />
  38. 38. Analysis<br />Clothing<br />Western<br />Black Color, Shining clothes to attract attention<br />Boots, stilettos<br />Jewel crusted belt<br />Undressing: <br />No undressing<br />Props:<br />Hats<br />Poles<br />Ambience & Dance:<br />Occurring in a criminal atmosphere<br />Suggestive movements<br />Commercial motive<br />Plot & character<br />Male: Frequented by criminals and negative characters<br />Female: Bar dancers, have information i.e. connection to criminals<br />
  39. 39. 2000s -Ye raat..<br />
  40. 40.
  41. 41. Analysis<br />Clothing<br />Western, Jacket, tie, trousers, shirt<br />Black, white, red, ends with golden bling dress Shining clothes to attract attention<br />The other girls wearing shining shirts<br />Stilettos<br />Undressing: <br />Slow, conventional, bold<br />Throwing of clothes at the audience<br />Untying of hair<br />Props:<br />Poles<br />Ambience & Dance:<br />Blue lights, Spot lights on the dancer<br />Suggestive movements<br />Darkness, mystery is the motive<br />Plot & character<br />Male: Frequented by criminals and negative characters, clandestine lovers<br />Female: Bar dancers, lovers of criminals<br />
  42. 42. Late 00s Hey Baby<br />
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  44. 44. Analysis<br />Clothing<br />Western, Jacket, tie, trousers, shirt<br />Black, white Police uniform with cap: Fantasy<br />The girls wearing shining outfits<br />Nurse outfit in the audience<br />Undressing: <br />Slow, conventional, bold<br />Throwing of clothes at the audience<br />Props:<br />Poles<br />Ambience & Dance:<br />Blue lights, Spot lights on the dancer<br />Suggestive movements<br />Plot & character<br />Male: All are lead characters, for a good cause<br />Female: Voyeuristic<br />
  45. 45. Commonalities<br />Lead characters never strip<br />Stripping is associated with negative or loose characters<br />Distinct association with black, red & shine<br />Emphasis on the body & movements through spot lights<br />Use of props<br />Fantasies galore<br />
  46. 46. Changes<br />We are moving closer to the western complete act<br />Relatively more liberal- More tease, acceptance of male strippers<br />
  47. 47. References<br />Mythologies by Roland Barthes<br />Semiotics for Beginners <br /><br />Wikipedia<br />
  48. 48. Thank you<br />