Through the various types of mediums available to society, the gender roles of men and women can either be followed such as society has instilled them or they can break that pattern.
However, when looking at power, it can be seen from two different perspectives. In roles of prominent office or being the breadwinner of a household, a woman’s power is seen to be a more positive role. This is the role of a non-violent woman who holds power. Nonetheless, power can also be seen from a negative perception. Power in relation to violence can mean that the woman is the more sinister and evil character in a movie or a book. A woman can be the one who is vindictive and dangerous. To discuss the role of power and how it pertains to gender roles, a few sources of literature, popular media and non-fiction literary works will be used to show how the roles of men and women and violence also carry with it a role of who has power in each of the various situations.
When people think of violence, the role of a person who initiates or participates in violence is typically one that is assigned to the role of a man. It can be difficult to think of a movie that involves women in a shoot-out. However, a movie with a shoot-out between two opposing sides is often a situation that occurs between men. This is not always true in reality and is becoming increasingly more prevalent in popular media as women as the gender who can carry the gun, play the role of a cop or can hold their own in graphic violent situations. These examples will evaluate those typecast roles further and how they pertain to gender and violence through the use of power.
The first example is a current popular television show online. Orange is the New Black is a television series based on a young woman, Pipe Chapman, along with a female romantic partner, committed a crime about a decade