not in our stars, but in ourselves
It just so happens that I’ve had plenty of time to read some unabashedly feminist articles over the past couple of days, and they’ve got my blood boiling. For your own scholarly amusement:
– Since we’re all about Age of Ultron this week (who is “we”? I don’t know), have a gander at “The Avengers’ Black Widow Problem: How Marvel Slut-Shamed Their Most Badass Superheroine” by Jen Yamato for The Daily Beast. She makes all the points I made, and more, and she makes them much better.
– On the subject of Ultron‘s woman problem, Indiewire has “An Open Letter to Joss Whedon from a Disappointed Feminist Fan After Watching Age of Ultron” by Sara Stewart. It quotes Caitlin Moran – not someone I’m always fond of, but someone who’s dead right in this instance: “I have a rule of thumb that allows me to judge, when time is pressing and one needs to make a snap judgment, whether or not some sexist bullshit is afoot. Obviously, it’s not 100% infallible but by and large it definitely points you in the right direction and it’s asking this question; are the men doing it? Are the men worrying about this as well? Is this taking up the men’s time?”
– Zack Budryk has “As if Men Had a Monopoly on Murder: In Search of the Female Gus Fring” on The Mary Sue. Where, he asks, are all our great female villains? Where is the female villain whose villainy isn’t eventually debunked or destroyed by her sexuality? I’ve complained about this one, too, but Budryk does it better. Wouldn’t it be great to have a female Hannibal, or a female Joker, or a female Hans Landa? Someone whose capacity for evil is never compromised by her gender? Someone who instills genuine fear into the hearts of all she opposes? Ah, a girl can dream.
– There’s a whole Tumblr called Shit People Say to Women Directors. It’s exactly as infuriating as you think it is.
– The Hollywood Reporter‘s Rebecca Sun brings the receipts to prove that women are perpetually screwed over by the film industry. It has nothing to do with talent or vision or experience: it is, as Stella Gibson would say, just misogyny.
– Jessica P. Ogilvie brings even more receipts to L.A. Weekly to prove “How Hollywood Keeps Out Women” – just in case you weren’t self-harming already. Related: Dennis Romero’s “How Hollywood Keeps Minorities Out“. What a great world this is.
– “‘Forever Alone’: How Midcentury Movie Magazines Sold Marriage to Women” by Andrew Heizel for Jezebel is actually sort of fun…until you realize that nothing much has changed. Advertisers still want you to hate yourself into buying their products, even if the focus isn’t as squarely on marriage as the end game. Yesterday at the gym, I was catching up on my trashy magazine reading (after I had already done all my weights stuff and was cooling down on the treadmill – relax, bro, I do even lift) and realized that about 75% of the ads in a certain woman-focused “fitness” magazine were specifically about losing weight. Can weight loss improve fitness? Sometimes, yes, it can. Do fitness magazines for women actually give a shit about fitness? No. They want you to make yourself smaller and weaker. Do NOT listen. Boudica mode, ladies. Embrace it. Love it.