Sunday, December 01, 2013


Women in the 1930s and '40s were accomplished, headstrong, interesting human  beings and  STARS in movies.

But today, from watching mainstream movies the question that comes up is: Do only boys have value in the universe?  Do women, as separate, thinking human beings, have a right to exist in movies, video games and TV shows?  

In most American media, it would appear that women are just objects for men's use. And there are only two or three uses for a girl. 

Are these the only options form the guy's point of view: CAN YOU BANG HER, CAN SHE NURTURE YOU?

Comment from Worf, one of my FAVORITE, (sexy) male commenters: "I have to disagree at least to a point. The movies I see coming out are all about beautiful women in tight leather outfits with guns blowing away bad guys. Even in the most popular genre out there, the Zombie flicks women seem to outweigh the men both in number and the likability of the character. The "Resident Evil" series is a prime example. Not only is the hero a woman, there are several other strong female leads in the roles. Another popular blockbuster series "X-Men" should have been called "X-Women". The strong leads were predominantly women except for Wolverine. All sorts of movies these days seem to focus on strong female leads. 


Why do women have to wear tight-leather outfits?! Why is it always a man's world and a man's fantasy? These are not movies made for women with intelligence. This is a man's porn fantasy. Real women don’t like cartoon movies.

There are few if any movies that have great dialogue and are not about romance or blood lust or fantasy violence. There are few “geeky” nerdy cool intelligent women doing amazing cool intelligent thoughtful things -- and not desperately trying to catch a man either. Men get to have all the fun. We don't even get to be geeky -- unless we have a 22" waist. 

There is not one bit of intelligent material out there for me to watch.

I am not into the Housewives of Goldigger Hills or Redneck Hillbilly shows or Cable romance. I'm into smart, talky films – that make you think -- Da Vinci code, My Dinner with Andre, Manhattan, Annie Hall, and intelligent thrillers or psychological dramas like Erin Brokovich -- but they are nowhere to be found. 

I am also NOT into desperate mommy porn like 50 SHADES OF GREY. There is one intelligent grown up film per year, if that. Everything else is for little boys. Or boys my sons' age.

And forget older women altogether like the ‘Golden Girls” - there is not one movie about real women and the humorous struggles they go through to get through college or create art or get a business started.. or sing in a band or even dream a big dream… Remember “Social Network” and “The Descendants?” All these movies are from a man’s point of view. Very few movies from a woman’s point of view are GREENLIGHTED by major studios.

There aren’t even any movies about strong women going up against crappy husbands as Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler did in “First Wives Club”

 I hate to say the real reason why this is happening. I really don’t want to say it.

Kudos to Disney for finally hiring two female directors for their new animation movies, “Frozen” and … 

The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl) asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.
  • Is there more than one character in the female that has lines and a real character name? In other words, she is not just a generic "Bartender" "Sexy woman," Young woman, Woman in park, etc. 
  • Do these women talk to each other?
  • Is their conversation about something other than the GUY they both like? 
From my research, confirmed by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender Bias in Media, women are not valued and not working.

HOLLYWOOD HATES WOMEN - all that matters is if she is "bangable"
Men in movies and TV shows are always looking at women simply as objects that can serve or service them. Men basically want: 

1. Someone who will bang them (sex, hooker, girlfriend)
2. Someone who will nurture them (mom)
3. Someone who will bring them coffee (Secretary)

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It probably looks higher from up there

When we find ourselves on the edge of a precipice, looking down at the depths of the chasm below, it's easy to think that this time we went too far, that our plan is far too risky, that our product is way too bizarre, that our behavior is just too weird...
The funny thing about perspective is that most bystanders don't see you standing on a precipice at all. They see someone doing something a little edgy, but by no means nuts.
Just about all commercial behavior is banal. Even in movies that deal with businesspeople, the characters don't dream nearly big enough about one's ability to change the culture or the enterprise.
You're far more likely to go not-far-enough than you are to go too far.
Internal monologue amplifies personal drama. To the outsider, neither exists. That's why our ledge-walking rarely attracts a crowd. What's in your head is real, no doubt about it, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can see the resistance you are battling (or care about it).

Here is another gem from Seth's blog:
Stories are the way we navigate our world, our chance to make sense of who we are and what we do.

Introducing tote bags or charity auctions muddies the waters, gets us thinking about the value of that thing we bought, not the story itself.
If people aren't donating to your cause, it's because you're not telling a story, or telling the wrong story to the wrong people (in the wrong way). Non-profits make change, and the way they do this is by letting us tell ourselves stories that nurture our best selves.
Positive thinking starts with the truth that all is well. Harmony is the default status of the universe. Everything starts out from one Source of Good, and Good is the only reality. We don't heal by making "evil" or dis-ease a power equal to Good, the Source of Life. Like the sun's rays, we are expressing this beautiful source of all creation. It is the invisible harmony that runs things, like the software inside a computer.

Positive thinking raises our vibrations so that we attract more and more positive outcomes. Change your thoughts and you will raise your game.

If all you did was just look for things to appreciate, you would live a joyous, spectacular life.