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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 2 An Ideological Analysis of the Guerilla Girls’ Satirical Poster of a Movie Parody Entitled: "The Birth of Feminism" By examining the Guerilla Girls’ parody of a satirical movie poster entitled: "The Birth of Feminism," my research question is how does parody function to exaggerate injustices that are normalized in the entertainment industry as it represents our patriarchal society as a whole? The Guerilla Girls, anonymous feminist art activists, have changed the perception that feminists do not have a sense of humor. Through the use of parody, the Guerilla Girls have created a movie poster that directs attention to how the institution of Hollywood patronizes and demeans women by exploiting their physical looks and diminishing their accomplishments. In the attached paper, I analyze the Guerilla Girls satirical Hollywood movie poster using ideological criticism (Foss, 1996). This method of rhetorical criticism focuses on the beliefs and values that are manifest in the artifact. Parody is effectively used in this artifact to make fun of the stereotypes that the movie industry perpetuates. The machinery of perspective by incongruity and the comic frame engenders a form of social criticism that seeks to correct the inadequacies of the present social order through demystification rather than revolution (Burke, 1964). bell hooks writes that "the work of the Guerilla Girls represents a most powerful political union between theory and practice. They set an example for feminists everywhere" (Guerilla Girls, 1999).

Authors: grisso, Ashley.
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Guerilla Girls’ "Birth of Feminism" Poster 2
An Ideological Analysis of the Guerilla Girls’ Satirical Poster of a Movie Parody Entitled:
"The Birth of Feminism"
By examining the Guerilla Girls’ parody of a satirical movie poster entitled: "The Birth of
Feminism," my research question is how does parody function to exaggerate injustices that are
normalized in the entertainment industry as it represents our patriarchal society as a whole? The
Guerilla Girls, anonymous feminist art activists, have changed the perception that feminists do
not have a sense of humor. Through the use of parody, the Guerilla Girls have created a movie
poster that directs attention to how the institution of Hollywood patronizes and demeans women
by exploiting their physical looks and diminishing their accomplishments.
In the attached paper, I analyze the Guerilla Girls satirical Hollywood movie poster using
ideological criticism (Foss, 1996). This method of rhetorical criticism focuses on the beliefs and
values that are manifest in the artifact. Parody is effectively used in this artifact to make fun of
the stereotypes that the movie industry perpetuates. The machinery of perspective by incongruity
and the comic frame engenders a form of social criticism that seeks to correct the inadequacies of
the present social order through demystification rather than revolution (Burke, 1964). bell hooks
writes that "the work of the Guerilla Girls represents a most powerful political union between
theory and practice. They set an example for feminists everywhere" (Guerilla Girls, 1999).


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