The Goddess

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An Analysis of the Male-Based Exploitation of Prostitution in The Goddess (1934) This film analysis will; define the underling problem of male-based exploitation of prostitution over women that occurs in the silent film The Goddess (1934) by Wu Yonggang. The male exploitation of prostitutes is a major part of the male-based control over women that is represented in the life of a woman that struggles to survive in Chinese society. This woman (Ruan Lingyu) must rely on prostitution to provide an income to live in her home and provide an education for her son. In Chinese culture, Yonggang’s film defines the physical abuse of men against women, such as the prostitute, that define the oppression of Chinese society in an urban setting. The unnamed…show more content…
The film defines many instances in which the woman is abused and exploited by men that she encounters, which provides a basis for the male-based construct of the prostitute as a sexual object for profit and exploitation. Certainly, this is no ordinary prostitute, since she is able to find ways in which to get her son a good education. This is part of the film’s appeal top exposes the exploitation of women of the lower classes, and to reveal the human elements of class conflict that effect the prostitute’s practical ways of fining a way to make a living in the city. Wu defines the important perspective of the woman‘s point of view to show the hardship, shame, and alienation that she feels when she attempts to raise herself out of poverty by being a…show more content…
In many cases, the unnamed woman must struggle to live her double life as a mother and prostitute in order to make the payments for her home and her son’s education. This aspect of Wu’s film defines the important aspects of male-oppression that alienate women of the lower classes through the profession of prostitution in this films’ plot structure. These are important analytic aspects of The Goddess, which define the social aspects of feminist thought that Wu brings forth in the defense of the

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