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Sexism/Cinema Film Series - Bridesmaids

Wed, November 20, 2019 | Alamo Draft House - Mueller Location

7:00 PM

Sexism/Cinema Film Series - Bridesmaids

STUDENTS - CWGS has a limited number of tickets to give away on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend this film screening, please Click here.

After movie discussion will be lead by:
Dr. Suzanne Scott is an Assistant Professor of media studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book, Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry (NYU Press, 2019),explores the gendered tensions underpinning the media industry’s embrace of fans as demographic tastemakers, professionals, and promotional partners.
Kathy Cacace is a media studies PhD student in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. Her work looks at women and comedy through a feminist lens. She earned her M.A. from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where her thesis explore the functions and meanings of the fat female body on Saturday Night Live.

Potential Questions for Discussion
1. How are single women depicted in the film? How are the married bridesmaids depicted in the film?
2. What masculine sexual scripts are reinforced and challenged in the film?
3. How is socio-economic class represented in the film and how do these representations intersect with gender?
4. Of all the women characters in the film, who is depicted as having the most agency?
5. How is this film situated within the larger discourse surrounding women and humor?

Film Fact: Bridesmaids was called a landmark moment for women in comedy. The Huffington Post described it as a “cultural phenomenon.”

Further reading:

Krefting, Rebecca. All Joking Aside: American Humor and its Discontents. Baltimore: Hopkins University Press: 2014.

Mizejewski, Linda. Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.

Mizejewski, Linda and Victoria Sturtevant, editors. Hysterical: Women in American Comedy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017.

Ingraham, C. (1999; 2008). White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge.

This film series is based on Texas Tech’s Center for Women’s Studies “Sexism|Cinema" series and sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse and UT Austin Center for Women’s & Gender Studies.

Fifty+ years ago, the term “sexism” was coined. This film series considers ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed, and/or challenged in the cinema.

All movies begin at 7:00pm and are followed by 20-30 minutes discussion. Tickets are $10

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