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Stereotypes of Men and Woman in Pop Art

With Pop Art a lot of it was based around stereotypes of both


men and woman, this would be to portray them in a certain
way to make them look bad or good.
With the late 1950s 1960s woman were seen as the
seductive subversion and it was also a time where they were
defined by the emergence of the feminist movement. This was
considered to change within both genders due to Art the
instruments of political and social changes. Examples like
multiple duplications of Marilyn Monroe's image by Andy
Warhol. The American feminist artist Judy Chicago (b. 1939), in
a 1979 installation titled The Dinner Party, which questioned
women's achievements and their social roles. Artists like Cindy
Sherman and Nan Goldin where
some of the many that
challenged and transformed
stereotyped gender roles while
exploring female identity, love,
violence, and transgender
identities.
In visual arts Pop art took issue
with popular gender ideologies
and their icons such as beauty
and sexuality by over
amplifying them. This would be
done in many peoples work as
a way of exaggerating the
point they are trying to make
and portray a particular gender in a certain way. This could be
the woman being seen as a weak gender, always the victim in
a situation. An example of this is Drowning Girl by Roy
Lichtenstein (1923) this is from the source of the DC comics
called Run for Love! From the original piece of work its
actually showing the drowning girls boyfriend that appears
within the background, clinging to a capsised boat.
Lichtenstein deliberately cropped the image dramatically,
showing the girl alone. Surrounded by a encircled threatening
wave. He shortened the caption from I dont care if I have a
cramp! to I dont care! and changed the boyfriends name
she calls out from Mal to Brad.
Other social development was the open and confident gay and
lesbian community that was able to redefined gender
portrayals. Robert Mapplethorpe combined over-masculinized

bodies and images of homosexuality with the stylised


aestheticism of all types of glamour photography. Lesbian
artists such as Harmony Hammond, were defining the
homosexual iconography and terminology, individual and
sometimes reflecting stereotypes. This "queer" art has
explored and broken down the
conventions of traditional
gender and sexual roles.
With the male gender it was
seen as a far less of a
stereotype due to the fact
that a lot of the Pop Art artists
were male like Andy Warhol,
Roy Lichtenstein and Robert
Rauschenberg. When pop art
first started it was mainly run
by the male gender due to a
lot of the work being
produced was based around
woman, being cleaners, the house workers, mums of the world
etc. whereas the men would be the strong soldiers and high up
men fighting for their country etc. The use of the Male
portrayal was to make sure they were the powerful gender who
was in charge of the world.
Males were a gender that was very typical and had been
known as the same stereotype for years and are still known as
this in today society but only in some cases. Within Pop art and
most culture Men have been seen as the more dominant and
Powerful gender out of the two. In a lot of cases the male is
seen as the protect of the weak and vulnerable female victim.
This is because men have been since to be those who have
strength and power where he will stop anything from
happening to the girl or Lover.
http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/popart/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Pop_Art