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Sexing Religion in the Narratives: creating spaces of sexual dissent in the media


narrative being more extensive in character than a movie. The paper will not deal with the
aesthetics of the movies; rather, it deals with the content especially related to gender and
sexuality.
Needless to say, the motion pictures could be the most important medium in
communicating subliminal messages to its audience. People go to the movies or watch
television for entertainment, to forget their conscious realities. To the non-discriminating
audience, he or she might see the film as passing. In truth, the ideas and concepts we see on
screen actually affect our perceptions and behaviors in our personal realities.
The significance of film was more noted during World War II when realistic war dramas
were used as propaganda to move people to patriotism. The war which was happening
somewhere else in the world was dramatized so that the home fronts can see them, and justify
the country’s decisions. Fearing, in 1947 wrote in his article Influence of the Movies on Attitude
and Behavior:
Like the folk tale, classic drama, primitive story-telling, or the medieval morality
play, the film may be regarded as a means through which the individual
understands himself, his social role, and the values of his group. It is also a
means by which the individual orients himself in a universe of events which
appear to occur haphazardly and chaotically.
Even post-war, the film has been used largely for propaganda, in maintaining the perceptions of
the dominating power of the war victors. In pretty much the same way, the structures – mainly
patriarchal – that maintain these powers are maintained with the aid of media and the film.
Questions are eliminated by showing that these structures are what are viable. The films I will
be discussing later, instead of being interpreted as affirmative support to these powers, could
actually be interpreted as revealing that these structures could be eroded and could not even
exist in an ideal state.
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