Video Essay Outline: Visual Femininity

Inspiration Questions:     

  • What determines true “womanliness” or “femininity”?
  • How much does the visual appearance (“masquerade”) of a woman alter the way people perceive her as womanly or feminine?
  • Does a woman’s makeup and clothing change the way people perceive a woman’s lifestyle or “worth”?

Theorists:

The following excerpts are from Nicholas Mirzoeff’s “The Visual Culture Reader”:

  • Judith Butler— “genuine womanliness and the ‘masquerade’…they are the same thing” (149)
  • Guy Debord— “the spectacle… is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images” (142)

Audience:

Undergraduate college students (men and women)

Approach:

Interview two men and two women in which each person interviewed is shown one picture of a woman with no makeup wearing asexual clothing then a second picture of the same woman with makeup and wearing feminine clothing

  • On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the most, how womanly or feminine would you consider this person?
  • How much money do you think this woman makes?
  • Do you think she is currently in a relationship, dating or married?
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2 thoughts on “Video Essay Outline: Visual Femininity

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