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Posted on: May 8, 2009

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               Above is a picture of Maggie Fitzgerald, played by Hilary Swank, and her trainer Frankie Dunn, played by Clint Eastwood. This picture depicts Fitzgerald in the middle of a fight, ring side getting words of advice from her trainer. Here, Swank is playing a character that does not compete in a stereotypical role of a woman. Boxing is generally seen as a male sport, but Swanks character is breaking this ideal by becoming a boxer and following a stereotypical depiction on women in film.

                Usually “women are typically depicted in films as victims, powerless or dependent on men, involved in/consumed by relationships, or as nurturers who are focused on family, preoccupied with housework and believe they need a man to complete them”(Gamble & Gamble, 368).  Swank defies the stereotype of women being victims or powerless. When one can fight or box, they are no longer powerless or as easily able to be victimized.

Eastwood, C., (Director). (2004). Million dollar baby [Motion Picture]. United States: Warner Bros.

Gamble, T. K., Gamble, M. W. (2003). The gender communication connection. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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