Feminist Movie Checklist

Olhos fataisWhether we like it or not, the media plays a big role in setting and propagating what is considered normal.

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.

‘Mummy Porn’ and Thinking You’d Have Known the World was Round.


Since Fifty Shades of Grey we have seen an explosion in the acceptance and embrace of what has become known as ‘mummy porn.’

Followers would like to see this as a feminist sexual revolution. I was reading an article in the SA Weekend Magazine, in which they interviewed Holly Hill, author of The Velvet Pouch, which has been labeled as daring, controversial and risqué.

Ms. Hill rejoices that “eBooks have provided three main things: anonymous purchase, closet-enabled reading – no one knows if you are looking at porn or algebra notes and eBooks also cost less. That means that people can afford more risky – and risqué- reading material.”

She’s hoping that her book will “help more women realize that the girl with the slutty clothes or the gorgeous sex worker or the flirtatious secretary isn’t the enemy, rather she is a celebration of our gender and part of our repressed selves.”

While I found these comments appalling and completely misguided as to what is actually healthy both for women and society, the real kicker was that she compared herself and her followers to those who believed that the world was round when everyone else was saying it was flat.

Seriously? Far too many people these days are claiming that their ‘revolution’ (which in reality is the equivalent of promoting that the world is triangular) is akin to the great awakening and discovery that the world was round.

Revolutions don’t always mean progression or discovery of truth. Just look at history.