Friday, April 9, 2010

Women in Prison

I must start by stating how much I enjoyed last class (03/27/2010) it was both informational and enlightening. I thanked Ms. Dahl for sharing those short films with the class. It is very sad that serious issues are not the forefront of the mass media. Short films such as "A girl like me" which made me very emotional should be at the forefront. it is sad that women issues around the world are put to the back burner while scandalous and meaningless topics are broad casted daily.

One group of women that interested me in Media are the Women that are Imprisoned. For many years imprisoned women have suffered being sexually and physically abuse. these rights to be safe despite being imprisoned violated. Women in prison are an invisible correctional population. The public is privy to very little information on this group of women. however, Hollywood and the Sex industry has found a way to turn imprisoned women ordeals of sexual and physical abuse into fantasy, pleasures and a money making business. Research has examined how Hollywood depicts female prisoners in babes-behind-bars films such as Caged Heat (1974) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). The highly sexuality images of women in prison presented in these films leave distinctive and potentially detrimental impressions in the minds of viewers. it is appalling that society has allowed such barbaric films to be acceptable. Caged heat and The Big Bird Cage sends a messages tho our women that it is okay and fun not only to be imprisoned but to used for sexually pleasures.

Posted below is an article taken from Wikipedia about women in prison films.


Women in prison film
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Caged HeatWomen in prison film (or WiP) is a subgenre of exploitation film that began in the late 1960s and continues to the present day.

Their stories feature imprisoned women who are subjected to sexual and physical abuse, typically by sadistic male or female prison wardens and guards. The genre also features many films in which imprisoned women engage in lesbian sex.

Before the '60s, films on women behind bars were serious, realistic dramas that depicted the miseries of prison life. They also carried an implied moralistic or cautionary message about the consequences of breaking the law.

The exploitation WiP films that followed discarded all moralistic pretentions. Instead, they are works of pure fantasy intended only to titillate the audience with a lurid mix of sex and violence. The flexible format, and the loosening of censorship laws, allowed filmmakers to choose from an extensive menu of misogynistic taboos. From voyeurism (strip searches, group shower scenes, cat-fights) to sexual fantasies (lesbianism, rape, sexual slavery), to fetishism (bondage, whipping, degradation), and outright sadism (beatings, torture, cruelty).

Prior to these films, the only expression of such fantasy material was found in the many "true adventure" men's magazines such as Argosy in the 1950s and 1960s, although a plausible case could be made that Denis Diderot's novel 'The Nun' anticipated the genre. Nazis tormenting damsels in distress were perennial favorite subjects for the lurid, sub-pornographic covers of these sensationalistic magazines which, by the end of the '60s, were in decline.

Occasionally the "new fish" inmate is an undercover reporter investigating corruption as in Bare Behind Bars or a government agent sent to rescue a political prisoner (Caged Heat 2, Love Camp 7).

History of the genre
Hollywood made movies set in women's prisons as early as the 1930s, such as Ladies They Talk About and Hold Your Man, but generally, only a small part of the action took place inside the prison. Women-in-prison films developed in the 1930s as melodramas in which young heroines were shown the way to a righteous life by way of the prison. Under the influence of pulp magazines and paperbacks, they became popular B movies in the 1950s. It was not until the 1950s, beginning with the release of Caged (1950), starring Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead, So Young, So Bad (also 1950), and Women's Prison (1955) with Ida Lupino and Cleo Moore, that an entire film was set inside a women's correctional facility.

The film that kicked off the genre in a new direction was Jesus Franco's 99 Women, which was a big box office success in the U.S. in 1969. That year Love Camp 7 was also among the first pure exploitation films that influenced the women in prison and Nazi exploitation genres. Since the 1970s, women-in-prison films have become a specialty product that has more to do with sexual fantasies than with real prison life.

A number of the WiP films remain banned by the BBFC in the United Kingdom. Among them are Love Camp 7 (rejected in 2002) and Women in Cellblock 9 (rejected in 2004), on the grounds that they contain substantial scenes of sexual violence and in the case of the latter an actress who at 16 was under age at the time of production rendering it child pornography under U.K. law.[citation needed]

American tourists are incarcerated overseas in Chained Heat 2 with Brigitte Nielsen, Red Heat with Linda Blair, and Prison Heat, set in Turkey. Mainstream, non-exploitation prison films dealing with this theme include Bangkok Hilton (1998) starring Nicole Kidman and Brokedown Palace (1999) with Claire Danes, both set in Thailand, and Return to Paradise, (1998), set in Malaysia.

Caged Heat 3000 (1995) stars Lisa Boyle (aka Cassandra Leigh) as an inmate on an asteroid prison. Includes futuristic touches such as electric bra torment and cattle prod-like sticks.

No comments:

Post a Comment