FEMTIO NYANSER AV KÖNSIDENTIET - En undersökning av makt och könsidentitet i filmen ”Fifty Shades of Grey”

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper

Sammanfattning: In this thesis we examine gender identity and power asymmetry in negotiation in the filmFifty Shades of Grey. For the purpose of this study we ask these following questions:· Which power asymmetries and gender identities are demonstrated in the meetingbetween the characters Anastasia and Christian?· How do each of the character react to the power asymmetries, and how can that beunderstood in relation to gender identities?To examine gender identity and power asymmetry, we apply the theories of Judith Butler andMichel Foucault. We use Butler’s terms “performativity” and “the heterosexual matrix” toexamine actions, stagenings, positionings and negotiations in relation to power asymmetries,masculinity/femininity and heterosexuality. To apply the theories and terms on the materialwe combine qualitative research with a three dimensional model, inspired by the sociologistSimon Lindgren, as our method. The results of our analysis showed that the charactersconfirmed positionings as masculine/feminine, but also that they opposed to them over time.Both characters were superior and subordinate in relation to the other, which shifteddepending on the situation and the reaction of the other.Our conclusion is that gender identity and power asymmetry are negotiable in relation toothers, rather than something constant and determined. The key is therefore to studynegotiations between interpersonal relations.

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