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The purpose of this essay is to analyze the following animated films: “Girl’s Night Out” by Joanna Quinn (1987), “Persepolis” by Satrapi and Paronnaud (2007), and “Sita Sings the Blues” by Nina Paley (2008). The main goal is to analyze the aesthetic, and the technique of the aforementioned animated films and also, to relate them to the second and third waves of feminist movement.

In Quinn’s “Girl’s Night Out” we are introduced to the main character Beryl, a large lady working on an assembly line installing cherries on top of cupcakes. In a way this indirectly reflects to first-wave of the feminist movement, due to the fact that Beryl works on an assembly line, and if we think about it, this could be directly related to the 1940’s when women joined war effort, working on assembly lines usually performing work traditionally done by men. I believe that this, in a way led to second-wave of the feminist movement, as one of the main goals was equality. Further in this short animation, we see Beryl with her co-workers at bar/strip club. In my opinion this scene clearly represents gender role reversal. As we see Beryl, and co-workers acting raucous, and ultimately acting as if a man would. For example we see Beryl ripping off strippers underwear, and later on keeping it as a souvenir. In my opinion I believe that this in a way represents equality, as this is was one of the main themes of the second-wave of the feminist movement. “Girl’s Night Out” is a hand drawn animation.

In Satrapi & Paronnaud’s “Persepolis” we are introduced to the main character Marji, and her childhood in Iran, from what I understood, the story takes place some time after the Islamic Revolution, which forced females to wear a veil, and to be segregated I believe that this clearly represents the oppression of women, this specifically related to the third wave of the feminist movement, as we know the third wave characterized young women to find a voice of their own, which is clear in the animated short “Persepolis” as we can...

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