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An Ideological Analysis of the Guerilla Girls' Satirical Poster of a Movie Parody Entitled:
Unformatted Document Text:  Guerilla Girls’ "Birth of Feminism" Poster 10 parodying how Hollywood cheapens the contributions that women make in society. By presenting them as sexual objects, it further emphasizes how mainstream movies represent women as "playthings" rather than fully developed characters. By juxtaposing women who use their good looks to attract attention with women who are heralded as leaders of the feminist revolution, we as viewers of the artifact are presented with an exaggerated caricature to provoke us into understanding how Hollywood influences and manipulates how we perceive women. It is funny, but it is disgusting. We may be able to admit our disgust because we are given an opportunity to laugh to lessen the frustration and anger. The supporting roles include Anne Heche cast as Kate Millet. Both women are famously "out" or lesbian cultural players. Kate Millet is an artists and wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on sexual politics. The academic polemic became a bestseller in the 1970s. Anne Heche is a beautiful, blonde who is a successful actress and happens to be in love with Ellen DeGeneress. Their lesbian relationship rocked the nation. Rosie O’Donnell is cast as Betty Friedan. Each of these women is perceived as spunky and non-threatening in their looks and demeanor. Betty Friedan wrote the Feminine Mystique in 1963 and it is credited as being a major catalyst for "reshaping American attitudes toward women’s lives and rights through decades of social activism, strategic thinking and powerful writing" (National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2001). Rosie O’Donnell serves as a contemporary tastemaker through her position as a television talk show host. The caption, "They made women’s rights look good. Really good." reinforces the message that the lead actresses are specifically chosen because of their attractiveness and their exposure of flesh is absolutely intentional. The exploitation being mirrored back to the entertainment industry is a calculated satirical strategy. By self-consciously adopting an

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Guerilla Girls’ "Birth of Feminism" Poster 10
parodying how Hollywood cheapens the contributions that women make in society. By
presenting them as sexual objects, it further emphasizes how mainstream movies represent
women as "playthings" rather than fully developed characters. By juxtaposing women who use
their good looks to attract attention with women who are heralded as leaders of the feminist
revolution, we as viewers of the artifact are presented with an exaggerated caricature to provoke
us into understanding how Hollywood influences and manipulates how we perceive women. It is
funny, but it is disgusting. We may be able to admit our disgust because we are given an
opportunity to laugh to lessen the frustration and anger.
The supporting roles include Anne Heche cast as Kate Millet. Both women are famously
"out" or lesbian cultural players. Kate Millet is an artists and wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on
sexual politics. The academic polemic became a bestseller in the 1970s. Anne Heche is a
beautiful, blonde who is a successful actress and happens to be in love with Ellen DeGeneress.
Their lesbian relationship rocked the nation.
Rosie O’Donnell is cast as Betty Friedan. Each of these women is perceived as spunky
and non-threatening in their looks and demeanor. Betty Friedan wrote the Feminine Mystique in
1963 and it is credited as being a major catalyst for "reshaping American attitudes toward
women’s lives and rights through decades of social activism, strategic thinking and powerful
writing" (National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2001). Rosie O’Donnell serves as a contemporary
tastemaker through her position as a television talk show host.
The caption, "They made women’s rights look good. Really good." reinforces the
message that the lead actresses are specifically chosen because of their attractiveness and their
exposure of flesh is absolutely intentional. The exploitation being mirrored back to the
entertainment industry is a calculated satirical strategy. By self-consciously adopting an


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