Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: s01e10 The Bridge
I read a lot of girls on the Internet who complain about female characters in media being usually weaker and less deep than men, and usually I think it’s a bunch of crap and they read way too much into it. Action movies are for boys and romantic comedies are made for girls, and the same way action movies have either weak girls in distress or hot badass half naked girls, romantic comedies have sensible, romantic hot and fashionable guys, and I don’t consider that to be a terrible thing. Here’s an example;
Just in this episode, the supposed super hacker chick ran to her room to cry when she was challenged about what she wants to do with her life. The scientist girl can’t help herself to nervously touch the big man’s muscles and mumble about how hot he is. The kick-ass one-woman-army member of the team finds herself confused about her newly discovered love interest being too protective (when he then laughs and says she’s wrong). And the villain chick seems to be fucking her way up into the company’s hierarchy. But I don’t consider that to be a sexism problem, just bad, bad writing.
I’d like to give you a tip here, if you can be open minded about it, but action flicks ARE NOT just for boys and romantic comedies ARE NOT just for girls. Equal genders/sexes enjoy both. Let’s look at ANY of the superhero movies, let’s look at Star Wars, let’s look at The Hunger Games, let’s look at Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let’s look at Hitch, and The Notebook, let’s look at Love Actually.
There are plenty of examples of both action flicks and romantic comedies that are loved by both genders. Excluding people from a show because of a gender is a good way to alienate or anger your followers.
I really like your reviews. But this turned me off.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good romantic movie, and I’m sure there’s plenty women who can enjoy an action flick, but that’s not important. What’s important is who those movies are made for, and based on the target audience, which usually matches the taste preferences of the people actually making the movie/TV series, will pull out different moves to please said audience. And boys usually love half naked chicks, and girls usually like sensible fashionable guys. That, regarding of how sexist someone might think it is to say, is a statistical fact.
But making a movie with weak female characters -the same as weak male characters- doesn’t make a movie sexist. It just makes it dumb.
I can agree with you on that last sentence, it’s that’s it. If you can’t see the stuff above that IS sexist how that’s wrong and offensive (just like the majority of the movie/tv show industry can’t) than I guess we’re done here.
Well since this escalated quickly let me make a final statement. I understand your point of view, but I find it naive. I don’t see anything wrong with admitting people of different genders may or may not like different things, it’s not something I find insulting and offensive. Sexism, for me, is thinking less of a woman, thinking a girl can’t do the same things a man can do, and thinking woman shouldn’t have the same rights as men.
But people of different genders, ages and races are culturally and historically different, and they will like different stuff and that’s wonderful and nobody should feel ashamed of who they are and what they like. That, for me, is true equality.