Explore the ways in which your chosen texts reinforce or challenge typical representations of gender?
In the film sin city they back up mulveys theory as the representation of women in this film is highly negative. The women sleep around with different men and prance around in very skimpy clothing they are also very seductive, so the men use this women and sex objects and like to over power them. Throughout the film a lot of the women try to have their own view and opinions on different matters however the men make them feel insignificant and control them in to things that they may not want to do. This backs up mulveys theory of the male gaze as the men are always looking at the women as though they are sex objects, I feel this is the reason why the women act in the way they do, because otherwise they wont get noticed or made to feel special to anyone. When the camera is on the women the are looking down on them to make it seem that the men are over powering them an manipulating them.
In the film fish tank, it is set an a lower class background so the girls are always wearing the same dirty clothes and so are the men. However when the man becomes involved in the young girls life, the male gaze begins to b3e put in to place as she begins to dance he watches her and watches the way her body moves. However mulveys theory is also shown it is not always correct because as he takes his top off the young girl watches the man in a very sexual way which doesn't back up mulveys theory. They also use repetition when the young girl enters her fantasy mode she breathes very heavily and that is the centre of attention and what is focused upon.
Within both of the films they are both very differently challenged with representation as sin city back up the male gaze theory however fish tank doesn't.