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BATTLE OF THE SEXES Everyday we see hear read and experience various degrees of discrimination based on gender and sexuality These ideas influence our perception of reality and what attitudes to expect from our peers and colleagues Literary works often focus on these aspects of society and how they are portrayed in film In Signs of Life Readings on Popular Culture for Writers authors Deborah Tannen and Susan Douglas contribute articles which strongly support gender discrimination in society and in television and womens inability to be fairly judged and represented in todays world More than often the portrayal of women in television is seen in a less positive light than that of their male counterparts In the movie Election Mr McAllisters dilemmas and emotional struggles are a direct result of his resentment and frustration based on his student Tracys gender and sexuality In the film Election Mr McAllisters dislike of Tracy is clearly based on her gender and her doomed relationship with his close friend that resulted in his termination Mr McAllisters suggestion that a popular male football player run against Tracy for the presidency was a clear indication that he resented the over-eager strong woman she represented Mr McAllister preferred that a less-qualified less-intelligent male run the student government than an independent woman with good ideas He even assured the boys victory by throwing two ballets away that proved Tracy was the winner In Mr McAllisters eyes Tracy is a direct cause of his good friend being fired and having to get a divorce Similar to Deborah Tannans article There is No Unmarked Woman Tracy had been marked by her relationship with her teacher and McAllisters view of her had been forever changed Societys view of women put in compromising situations is viewed much more harshly than those of men placed in the same situations According to Tannan whether a woman wears makeup or not is a signal of what type of person
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