I stumbled upon this video I felt like sharing.
The speaker is Jean Killbourn and she has been talking about the subjects regarding the image of women in mass media for years. It seems to be a topic that is “well-known” but has no traction when it comes to people wanting to solve it which is understandable. It is both an issue that is hard to see, easy to ignore, and has so many roots in our society that simple and easy fixes can’t work.
It is not like we can make laws outlawing the digital manipulation of people for advertising purposes. It is a nearly impossible to enforce such a law and could be easily abused, not to mention first amended right issues. Other solutions might be education and counter-advertising but these are just small pushes at trying to effect a change on a societal level.
But every change begins somewhere. So education it is. Hence my sharing of the video above. Do you agree or disagree with anything she said? Can you think of personal experiences related to use of over-idealized female images in advertising? Or do you think the effects are being overblown?
I’m not sure what I am supposed to tell you here. There has been a lot of talk about the movie Sucker Punch. I’ve heard glowing reviews from friends, bitter numbers from critics, and helter skelter from the internet. All of this was second-hand. I didn’t even really elicit these snatches of commentary before going to see the film but here is what I can say.
I very much enjoyed it.
With that out-of-the-way let me provide some context and clarity as to why everybody is so confused and sharply divided about this film. It’s marketing department pulled a fast one on us. They showed us the glitter, the special effects, we all went ‘oooh’, then gave us a teaser of what the premise was: hot women in an insane asylum and we let our imaginations run wild.
And honestly we did exactly what the marketers thought we would. We assumed a pretty but light action flick with fetishistic costumes. Instead what we got was a film that explored from a female perspective the struggle for freedom of choice in one’s life under an inherently overwhelming force.
I haven’t reviewed The Social Network, not because I didn’t like it. I consider it a movie on par with Scott Pilgrim, and we all have seen how much I blogged about Scott Pilgrim, and definitely a better movie, in a certain way, than Inception.
As some of you may know, both films, Scott Pilgrim and The Social Network, are sometimes poked at for having primarily misogynist views of women through out the film. Aaron Sorkin, the writer for The Social Network, has supposedly commented on the his film’s misogyny via a blogpost which I will share in the following link.
I can’t verify if this was indeed Aaron Sorkin, but the blog writer believes so.
Sp having read it, I wonder if similar points could not be made for Scott Pilgrim. Although realizing that Scott Pilgrim is a completely fictional world. And unlike what Aaron constantly tries to reassure us, the manga it is based off of portrays women in a very realistic light, rather than a mostly negative or non-human perception. So I am not so sure but perhaps a little bit? In Scott Pilgrim we have two main characters, Scott, who gives us our primary vision of the world, and Ramona, who is explained to be somewhat soul searching, throughout the film, as we discover her past through her “evil”-ex’s that Scott has to fight, which is why she is portrayed as being hesitant throughout the film, well except for in her sexuality.
I guess it comes down to the old point of: When do we allow for misogyny themes/view points in fictional and semi-fictional worlds and when do we not?
What do you guys think?