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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 9 Feminists as Sexually Alluring Actresses The largest element of the poster located in the center is the photograph cutouts and accompanying descriptors for Pamela Anderson as Gloria Steinem, Halle Berry as Flo Kennedy, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Bella Abzug. The three actresses are provocatively posed and their breasts and midriffs are emphasized. Anderson as Steinem appears on the left. She is wearing a thong bikini and a long necklace. Her hair is worn loose and long as Steinem has traditionally worn hers. She has on glasses that mimic those of Steinem’s. Pamela Anderson is a notorious Hollywood figure known for her giant breasts and multiple encounters with many men. Steinem, too, was alluring in her dress and known for her active libido and many sexual partners. However, Steinem also founded Ms. magazine, is an activist and change agent. Halle Berry, an African-American actress, appears in the middle also donning a bikini and little else. She is wearing Kennedy’s signature cowboy hat and sunglasses, though the photograph is black and white, and it can not determined if the sunglasses are pink, as Kennedy’s were. Berry appears to be stereotypically Caucasian except for the color of her skin. If one were not aware of her race, it could not be determined by the image on the poster. Berry is best known for her stunning good looks. Before becoming an actor, she was a beauty queen contestant and winner. Kennedy was a Columbia-educated lawyer who represented the black panthers. Zeta-Jones appears on the right in a midriff and a large-brimmed hat, a hat style that Abzug was notorious for wearing. Zeta- Jones is most famous for being married to Michael Douglas, the actor who portrays infamously misogynist roles. Abzug was one of the first women to pioneer a place in the House of Representatives and appeared before the United Nations weeks before her death. All three actresses use their sex appeal as a commodity. By choosing them to portray leaders of the equal rights and/or second wave feminist movement, the Guerilla Girls are

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Guerilla Girls’ "Birth of Feminism" Poster 9
Feminists as Sexually Alluring Actresses
The largest element of the poster located in the center is the photograph cutouts and
accompanying descriptors for Pamela Anderson as Gloria Steinem, Halle Berry as Flo Kennedy,
and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Bella Abzug. The three actresses are provocatively posed and their
breasts and midriffs are emphasized. Anderson as Steinem appears on the left. She is wearing a
thong bikini and a long necklace. Her hair is worn loose and long as Steinem has traditionally
worn hers. She has on glasses that mimic those of Steinem’s. Pamela Anderson is a notorious
Hollywood figure known for her giant breasts and multiple encounters with many men. Steinem,
too, was alluring in her dress and known for her active libido and many sexual partners.
However, Steinem also founded Ms. magazine, is an activist and change agent.
Halle Berry, an
African-American actress, appears in the middle also donning a bikini and little else. She is
wearing Kennedy’s signature cowboy hat and sunglasses, though the photograph is black and
white, and it can not determined if the sunglasses are pink, as Kennedy’s were. Berry appears to
be stereotypically Caucasian except for the color of her skin. If one were not aware of her race, it
could not be determined by the image on the poster. Berry is best known for her stunning good
looks. Before becoming an actor, she was a beauty queen contestant and winner. Kennedy was a
Columbia-educated lawyer who represented the black panthers. Zeta-Jones appears on the right
in a midriff and a large-brimmed hat, a hat style that Abzug was notorious for wearing. Zeta-
Jones is most famous for being married to Michael Douglas, the actor who portrays infamously
misogynist roles. Abzug was one of the first women to pioneer a place in the House of
Representatives and appeared before the United Nations weeks before her death.
All three actresses use their sex appeal as a commodity. By choosing them to portray
leaders of the equal rights and/or second wave feminist movement, the Guerilla Girls are


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