Male Representation in the Mass MediaHow the mass media portrays men in overwhelmingly negative roles
Men as aggressive partners and/or fathers The mass media often portrays men in dominant, aggressive roles and women in submissive roles. Here are a few famous movies that have depicted women suffering domestic abuse at the hands of their partners. A common recurring theme in such movies is retribution for the men’s wrongdoings and empowerment of the women involved. However, there are few movies that depict dominant, aggressive girlfriends, fiancées, or wives who assault their male partners.
Enough This movie depicts a woman named Slim who is physically assaulted by her husband, Mitch, who cheats on her. When she leaves him with their daughter, he tracks them down. Left with few options, Slim takes up Krav Maga. When she goes back to see Mitch, she ends up physically fighting him to his death as he attacks her. Image credit: www.moviegoods.com
The Color Purple Celie, the main character of the film, marries a man identified only as Mister and is subjected to abuse at his hands. Image credit: www.moviegoods.com
The Burning Bed This film recounts the true story of Francine Hughes who, after enduring thirteen years of abuse from her husband, sets the bed on fire and kills her husband while he is sleeping. Image credit: www.imdb.com
Provoked This film, which is loosely based on the story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, depicts a woman who leaves for London for an arranged marriage. She finds out that her husband is an abusive man. After ten years of abuse at his hands, she sets fire to his feet while he sleeps and ends up killing him. Image credit: www.impawards.com