Film 4 and 3: Two Spirits and Iron jawed angels
The ‘Two-spirit’ is used to describe the variance between the sexual and the gender identity in most population (Driskill, 2006). The aim of this essay is to show how the two-spirit people have tried to enable and reclaim themselves despite being oppressed for a long time. The two-spirit film clearly illustrates the discrimination faced by some people in the society as a result of their sexual orientation. The film shows a boy’s life who also happens to be a girl and how he is killed as a result of his sexual attractiveness. This movie offers a clear understanding of different people gender and sexuality.
Oppression of people with more than two genders is evident throughout different nations of the world. The theme of abuse is clearly revealed in the film when the boy who had more than two genders is killed as a result. The horrible act of death committed against the boy is a good example of oppression and conflicting cultural views. Throughout these continents, most people do not understand that many distinct societies have more traditional cultures to protect more genders. In the film, the boy Fred wished to be both a girl and a boy at the same time. The film also shows that some Western countries do not have a relationship with the Two- Spirit tradition which accelerates the level of oppression (Johnson, 2003).
According to the movie, individuals should be supposed learn and appreciate what gender can offer. The culture of Navajo portrays Fred Martinez as one who possessed some special gift. It is argued that he could have assisted in many common ways if he was allowed to live. People could not have discriminated against the boy on his gender misconceptions. The tragic story of the mother is explored in the movie where she suffers a massive blow after losing her only son. Finally, the film inspires many people to accepts the social status of every individual in the society.
Iron jawed angels
Females in different nations continue to be discriminated over the years. Currently, the discrimination continues to exist in various forms. Gender discrimination can be said to be denial or oppression based on gender, race, sexuality among others. Just like in the Two Spirit movie where there is discrimination based on sex and gender, women are discriminated against in the ‘iron jaw angels. Women are denied right to vote which clearly demonstrates the theme of discrimination. The movie shows how the old mothers tried to walk oppression they faced being denied right to vote for who they wished (Maddux, 2009).
Real problems faced by women as they struggle to bring the change is well portrayed in the movie. The film presents the hindrances and the obstacles women face as they try to bring forth social justice. The activists in the movie who happens to be women are physically harassed, and their peaceful demonstration is hindered by men. Women face many more problems as they continue advocating for change (Bell, 2010). For example, the jail experience of Paul is also a way of discrimination whereby she is forced to eat when she is already on hunger strike.
Just like the Two spirits movie, the Iron Jaw Angel has a significant role in the society. It invites the youth especially young women in advocating for change in the society. The movie help students understand the history and the popular culture. The film generates more needed reflection on the ways historians can be guilty of constructing historical personalities as they see them ignoring issues such as gender discrimination or race. It also challenges the readers to understand the need to promote the interests of women in history and also teach us of who we think suffragists were, rather than who we would like them to be (Shaw, 2016).
Contrast between the two films
According to film two spirits, it portrays a culture that views women as beings without any rights in the society, for instance, in the movie, the boy who was also a girl was murdered because of his gender and sexual orientation. Women are also not given any rights to have any active participation in politics. According to Iron Jawed Angels film, women are actively fighting for their rights to be recognized in the society despite them being physically assaulted and attacked whey they are demonstrating peacefully (Driskill, 2006).
In the end, women rights are recognized and all issues to do with women discrimination are banned. The two spirits film presents women as beings who are meant to be involved only in house duties and making the man happy, but Iron Jawed Angels show women as a political figure who can stand up for herself against the society and make her rights known to the whole community. Finally, according to Iron Jawed Angels, women are presented as heroes to today’s women freedom, they are the one who brought light to women’s world while in two spirits women are considered as the developers of families, and any sexual orientation is considered illegal practice against the society.
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Johnson. (2003). faculty.umb.edu. Retrieved from Patriarchy the system: http://www.faculty.umb.edu/heike.schotten/readings/Johnson,%20Patriarchy%20the%20System.pdf