This study examines gender archetypes prevalent in purposively selected films
featuring Steven Kanumba as the protagonist or antagonist. It also explores the spaces
occupied by female 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 further interrogates 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 is qualitative,
and data analysis focuses on the concentric positioning of male and female characters
within the narrative’s social framework. It is 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
specifically examines through collocation analysis if such social interactions constitute
microaggressive tendencies. Theoretically, this study adduces to Masculinity theory
whose gender stance is hinged on re-thinking, inter alia, male-ascendancy and systems
that perpetuate it. It also alludes to Derald Wing Sue’s behavioural psychology from
which the concept of microaggression is derived. Finally, it invokes 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.
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Frontiers, Edu. "Gender Microaggression Motif In Films Featuring Steven Kanumba" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed June 20, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/gender-microaggression-motif-in-films-featuring-steven-kanumba