Why Women-Led Films Isn’t a Political Issue


I don’t normally comment on other blog’s opinion columns, and when I do, it’s usually to argue against something, but I wanted to take the time to recognize a particularly great opinion piece over on Cinematical.

It discusses how people think that women arguing for more females in the lead roles of films is somehow a feminist agenda, when really, it’s not at all. It’s common sense. From the article:

Ask for a certain type of female protagonist, discuss inequalities, gripe about the proliferation of poorly developed female characters, and in a flash, comments will pour in with a myriad of political catchwords like: feminist agenda, feminist rants, equality of the sexes, affirmative action, sexist conspiracy, and political correctness.

These will be joined by painfully inaccurate sentiments that equate a desire for female success with wanting “every unfulfilled desire,” Hollywood bending to charity and catering to specific audiences, wanting to exclude men from film, a lack of acceptance at the equality already reached, and of course, that including strong female protagonists is somehow sacrificing or tainting good work.

The fact of the matter is: Wanting interesting and diverse female protagonists is not a political agenda. It’s a widespread human trait found in both sexes: the desire to find camaraderie and others who are relatable and recognizable.

I’ve made top 10 lists of the most badass women in cinema, but researching articles like that you find that there are dangerously few options to choose from. And when you look at the movie industry as a whole, it’s shocking how many women are in leading roles, whether they be badasses or not. I highly suggest you go and read the rest of the article, and let me hear your thoughts on the matter.

  • Korinthian

    Too bad that women, most of the time, can’t do action. At least not convincingly.

  • Dorkus Malorkus

    I read the article and I think it’s very good. The part about popular women-centered movies being “flukes” especially. Like I remember a few years ago when “The Devil Wears Prada” was a massive success in theaters, and reading about how this seemed to be some kind of surprise to industry people. Like, wow! Half the country is women, and they like to see movies too, and like movies with women in them! What an incredible concept!

    It’s kind of a stupid argument, though…just because I want a strong female lead doesn’t mean I want to make a movie with no men in it or involved with it. I won’t refuse to see a good movie just because it has a mostly male cast. I certainly wouldn’t complain about another Ripley or Sarah Connor type, and I have expressed in the past wanting to see a strong female lead in a Pixar movie someday, but it’s certainly not a “destroy all men” kind of wish. And there are women-led movies that come out, but they mostly tend to be vapid romantic comedies, most of which I am not interested in. Mainly I want to see GOOD movies, regardless of the gender of the cast. Isn’t that what most people want?

    Damn you Unreality, I keep spending too long formulating these posts.

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