Young women and girls often derive role models from film and television, and concerns over the personalities and traits of characters have been rampant for decades. Though women portrayed in films have taken on many new characteristics, some experts aren’t convinced that gender stereotypes have really changed at all –and a recent study carried out at Kaplan Universityhas found, after a critical analysis of over one hundred popular films, that the “tough girl” persona in modern American cinema is, most of the time, a submissive personality who derives no power from her femininity. The research may help psychologists better understand the social impacts of modern film, especially on young females.
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