We become so used to these portrayals of ‘normal’ that we rarely think to question it. When asked to question, however, we may be shocked at what we find.
A few months back, a friend introduced me to the ‘Feminist Movie Checklist.’ I’ll admit, the word ‘feminist’ made me skeptical from the start, but when we began discussing it, I was shocked to discover the extent of the stereotyping of women in film. Not just some films, but the vast majority of film.
Here’s the checklist. It’s nothing fancy. In fact, you’re just looking for one thing:
How many movies can you think of that have a scene, of ten seconds or more, in which there are no men, and in which two or more women are conversing on a topic other than men?
Think about it. You might be surprised.
Surprised by the fact that no one seems to care what women think on topics other than love and relationships?
Surprised that people only want to watch women in relation to men?
Surprised that we don’t even notice the discrepancy?
Next time you watch a movie, look for that ten-second clip. In the whole 120 minutes, you’ll be lucky to find one.