Install this theme

The best thing about this TED Talk is that he not only addressing the gross misrepresentation of women and girls in film and fiction and their influence on young girls or young girl, but children as a group. It’s not either/or here; it’s both.

It floors me now, to think, that the whole concept of “Save the Day, Get the Girl” is so familiar and celebrated with audiences, yet we don’t realize the potential damage it has on how boys’ views of women, as an object to be won. In a way, it even reinforces the “Damsel in Distress” archetype.

That’s not to say that this is story frame is something to condemn, but rather be aware of when we introduce it to our children. Certainly, Star Wars is a remarkable film, but there is something to say for women in the galaxy far, far away, who need rescuing, are forced to wear a chain bikini, and rule a world dominated by an male population.

Of course, Leia reclaims a strong female voice by rescuing her beau and fighting and strategizing a war, yet is that the course we must always take to win recognition of strength? Do women always have to sacrifice femininity and indulge in what may be the manliest act ever, fighting, to be a Strong Female Character? Is strength to be measured in how brutally she can defeat a foe? 

I’d always heard how the Wizard of Oz was the Ultimate Chick Flick because it was about two women fighting over a pair of shoes, and I’d always playfully admonished people for that because it is so much more, but wow, was I ever surprised by how much more it really is.

  1. frostinthemiddle reblogged this from arosynose
  2. arosynose reblogged this from littledeathrobot
  3. lornrocks reblogged this from littledeathrobot
  4. littledeathrobot reblogged this from kyrandis
  5. fernria reblogged this from dizzylaurenlizzy
  6. the-fullmetal-whovian reblogged this from princedoki
  7. socratesandotherscafe reblogged this from princedoki
  8. twaision reblogged this from tea-tigress
  9. jrsjleague reblogged this from tylerfucklin
  10. ashkitty-love reblogged this from pixlezq
  11. kinnie reblogged this from crimsoncliff
  12. crimsoncliff reblogged this from penguinedward
  13. elbearpaws reblogged this from deesky
  14. edenalicepoe reblogged this from vita-pulcherrima
  15. insanityinevitable reblogged this from ireally-dontlike-you
  16. honeycuntqueerios reblogged this from ireally-dontlike-you
  17. pinkytoeofficial reblogged this from ireally-dontlike-you
  18. boom-bich reblogged this from ireally-dontlike-you
  19. ireally-dontlike-you reblogged this from thorthousand1
  20. odradeatreides reblogged this from once-upon-a-time-the-end