|miss_s_b (miss_s_b) wrote,|
@ 2009-06-15 08:59 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||fantastic films weekend, feminism, film, rants, wangst|
some hot lesbo action.
And you know what?
Even as I type this I can feel the internet's reaction to me criticising the film for these reasons.
It's just one film - it's not systemic. Not all films are like that!- just like
Well, YOU might have been offended, but I wasn't, and therefore it's not a problem.
So you're saying we ought to ban films with hot lesbo action/films with female bad guys/etc. I thought you were a liberal?
etc. etc. et fucking cetera.
It's not just systemic in horror (and yes, I DID have an audible intake of breath when the director claimed to have been subverting expectations by shooting a gore flick with evil women and hot lesbo action in it). It's not just systemic in films. It's not just endemic in entertainment. It's endemic in life.
Are we all ready for the chorus of
Oh, you're exaggerating! I don't know anyone who finds this a problem, girls? Boys, I hate to break this to you, but perhaps nobody has told you they find this sort of shit a problem because they know what your reaction will be. Do you ever find yourself thinking
well harrassment/sexual assault/rape can't be that much of a problem because I don't know anyone who has been harrassed/assaulted/raped? I bet you a tenner that you do. For starters, if you know me, you do.
And do you know what? Even with all that said, I wouldn't want to ban films like this. I'd just like to live in a world where I can make this sort of criticism without having to pre-emptively defend myself against accusations of being a strident whinging harpie. I'd settle for that, but it'd be even nicer if I could go and see a gore flick where it's the men who are relentlessly objectified, and the women who are held forth as praiseworthy for not being rapists... Not because I think reverse discrimination is in any way the way forward, but just because it would be SUCH a fucking novelty.
Using the icon I have is a defensive action too. It's saying
I know that women are objectified on the basis of their bodies, and I know it happens to me, and I can cope with it. It's saying
I realise that I am part of the problem here. It's saying
look, even though I have been raped, I have a sense of humour about stuff like this.
Yeah, I'm in a really good mood today.
Thanks to puddingcat for pointing me at most of the articles I link to.
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