Chapter

Heroines

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.003.0007
Heroines

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This chapter examines representation of female journalists. It investigates what cinema has to say about femininity and its articulation within a sub-sector of the media industry. It concentrates on The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. Female journalists have generally been symbolised in cinema in ways which reflect and reinforce the ideological assumptions underlying sexual discrimination. His Girl Friday turns one of the play's two leading male characters into a woman, and sets her against editor and former husband in a battle of verbal wit and competing journalistic ethics. Women journalists have sometimes been viewed as ‘sob sisters’. The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City ponder the rise of style journalism in the movies. They show in cinematic terms a feminised culture which recognises the significance of clothes, fashion and romance to the modern woman, who works but also wants to shop and look sexy.

Keywords: female journalists; femininity; cinema; media industry; The Devil Wears Prada; Sex and the City; His Girl Friday; journalism

Chapter.  8841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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