We all love a good film but as movie goers, we’re often left scratching our heads and thinking something like “AS IF she would do that. AS IF that would happen.”
No surprises there. Movies are full of lies.
No big deal, right?
Sometimes those lies can be very, very damaging.
When it comes to Hollywood, there’s a lot of BS involved in the way that women, in particular, are represented in order to make films, characters and lifestyles more appealing to “viewers”.
But what may surprise you is the shortcuts that Hollywood directors and writers use to tell those stories. And, as one passionate moviegoer (helpfully called, “Mr Moviegoer”) explains it, these “tropes” are sexist and almost completely predictable. Expect to see these 5 cliches about women in the next movie you watch…
1. The very obvious hottness gap for onscreen couples.
Yep. This one’s pretty self explanatory. Take any mediocre looking male actor (e.g. Vince Vaughn) and pair him with a super attractive woman (e.g. Jennifer Aniston). This type of pairing is always a given and men having a more attractive, if not equally attractive, co-star has become the Hollywood norm.
As Mr Moviegoer points out, “no matter how schlumpy the guy, it’s always just kind of a given that he can’t be a leading man without a gorgeous love interest.”
And when the roles are reversed and the male is younger and seemingly more attractive? Well then age becomes the focal point for the film. And similarly when an unattractive girl is the lead – you can bet your sweet bippy there’ll be a makeover montage somewhere in there.
2. The fem-jep picture.
Mr Moviegoer explains this one as females in jeopardy, or women who spend the duration of the film either crying or bravely trying not to cry. And boy are there lots of these ones.