Manohla Dargis brings up the lack of women in Hollywood films, especially in summer when the young boys (either the truly young or the boy-men) are catered to while the women are left dying on the vine – or else they’re at home watching TV where women are still treated almost like human beings. The web is a reflection, by the way, as we’ve said before, of the male-dominated state of things. Dargis says:
There may be more women working in the industry now ‚Äî Amy Pascal is a co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment ‚Äî but you wouldn‚Äôt know it from what‚Äôs on the screen. The reasons are complex and certainly beyond the scope of a seasonal rant like this one. Some point to the lack of female directors, whose numbers in both the mainstream and independent realms hover at around 6 percent. Others blame the female audience, though the success of “Baby Mama” indicates ‚Äî just as the summer hit “The Devil Wears Prada” suggested two years ago ‚Äî that if given something decent that speaks to their lives and lets them leave the theater without feeling slimed, women will turn out. The Apatow she-male isn‚Äôt bad, but give me the real deal any day.
Making matters worse, I think, is the continual feed of tabloids and gossip blogs of bimbos and sluts on parade. As a former bimbo and former slut I am allowed to use the terms. It seems that women are only interesting if they’re being virtually stoned by the press or else they’re selling sex.¬† Wake me up when it’s over.
Dargis is shedding much-needed light on the topic as no site is more widely read than the New York Times.
Link [via Cinematical]