This is an attempt to slightly even the playing field by taking a critical eye to the representation in Film, books, TV etc. While women, POC, and other minorities are slowly making their way towards equality, there still remains an underlying current of misogyny and stereotypes in many things. Sometimes it’s not overt, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. And many times it goes unnoticed by the majority of reviewers.
It’s important for girls to see women in power, women surrounded by and supporting other women; and it’s just as important to see women treated (and demand treatment) as equals to men. I’m not here to rage against the patriarchy, or tear all men down – trust me, they’ll be just fine – but I do find myself constantly disappointed with a lack of acknowledgement about how strong the male gaze remains in fiction.
When a character or role is written specifically for a female, sometimes things (eg depth) get lost along the way; these characters easily become stereotypes. One of my biggest tests is this: switch the gender of every role. If the character remains strong and equal in your mind, regardless of gender, then we don’t have a problem.
The second big test is the Bechdel Test: are there more than two (named) female characters? Do they talk to each other? About something other than a man? It’s a simple test that many, many, movies fail. If you’re rolling your eyes at this, then let me put it to you this way: how many movies would pass this test with male characters? Almost every single one.
But this blog is called “Rose Colored Glasses”, and I’m not trying to find the negative, or be nit-picky. Rather, I’m trying to draw attention to things that perhaps go unnoticed for the simple fact that male/white/majority of reviewers don’t think about it. The truth is: women, people of color, people with mental health issues, etc. are treated differently every single day. This isn’t necessarily a man’s fault, but it is something that happens. And it is noticed, at least by me. I’m not here to be negative – rather, I hope for a positive outcome. I hope that more people begin to write roles and characters as PEOPLE first, and gender/skin color second.