What about Bob?: An analysis of gendered mental illness in a mainstream film comedy

Title

What about Bob?: An analysis of gendered mental illness in a mainstream film comedy

Creator

Plummer A

Publisher

OhioLINK ETD Center

Date

2020

Description

Mental illness has been a subject of fictional film since the early 20th century and continues to be a popular trope in mainstream movies. Portrayals of affected individuals in movies tend to be inaccurate and largely stigmatizing, negatively influencing public perception of mental illness. Recent research suggests that gender stereotypes and mental illness intersect, such that some mental illnesses are perceived as “masculine” and others as “feminine.” This notion may further stigmatize such disorders in individuals, as well as falsely inflate observed gender disparities in certain mental illnesses. Since gendered mental illness is a newly identified concept, little research has been performed exploring the way stereotypical gendered mental illness is depicted in mainstream film. This paper analyzes the movie What About Bob? to show that comedic film perpetuates stigma surrounding feminine mental illness in men and identifies the need for further study of gendered mental illness in movies to ascertain the effect such depictions have on the observed gender disparities in prevalence of certain mental disorders, as well as offers a proposal for coursework for film and medical students.

Subject

Film Studies, Gender, Mental Health

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URL Address

http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ne2gs1597767396737971 http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ne2gs1597767396737971

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Citation

Plummer A, “What about Bob?: An analysis of gendered mental illness in a mainstream film comedy,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed August 5, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11249.

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