Gender Microaggression Motif in Films Featuring Steven Kanumba
Mututa, A. S.
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This study will examine gender archetypes prevalent in purposively selected films featuring Steven Kanumba as the protagonist or antagonist. It shall explore the spaces occupied by women characters, articulating the contexts of their social existence and the outcomes of the roles assigned to them within cinema narratives in comparison to those of men. The study shall further interrogate whether these social mappings engender bias, any form of hegemony or subjugation, and consequently adumbrate aggressive trends between male and female characters in their diegetic world. The research will be qualitative, and data analysis will focus on the concentric positioning of male and female characters within the narrative's social framework. It will be an evaluation of whether these films edify ascendancy by characters of either gender and how such quasi-conflicts reinforce or confront domination in the social continuum. From this engagement, the study will specifically examine through collocation analysis if such social interactions constitute microaggressive tendencies. Theoretically, this study will adduce to Masculinity theory whose gender stance is hinged on re-thinking, interalia, male-ascendancy and systems that perpetuate it. It shall also allude to Derald Wing Sue's behavioural psychology from which the concept of microaggression is derived. Finally, it will invoke the contemplations of postcolonial scholars like Edward Said; and feminist scholars like Simone de Beauvoir, Laura Mulvey, Kate Millett and Judith Butler's feminist strand, whose aesthetic stance evince social suppression of the less powerful members of the society.