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Film Genre and Feminism

9 Apr

Which is worse? A slasher Movie or A RomCom?

Slasher films are not the best representation for women:  Females are always dumb-bimbos, they are always helpless and screaming, and they always get violently ripped apart from stem to stern.  Sexually active vixens are sure to die, giving the message women are only “good” if they’re virginal.  The more cleavage, the better in this films, which sexualizes women and makes them into (disposable) objects.

Admittedly, I enjoy a good horror/slasher movie, and am inundated with those negative images.  BUT I know what I’m getting.  I know what to expect with a slasher film.  I can see they are low-budget most times with poor dialogue and unrealistic plot lines.  I get that.  I don’t think there are many horror fans that believe what they are seeing is absolutely real.  I like a scary movie, because I know it’s phony, though the messages about women are very real.

I would argue that romantic comedies are a worse representation of women then slasher flicks.  Sure, no woman is sawed apart or treated with extreme violence as in the slasher film, but portrayal of women is still poor.  Women in romantic comedies are dependent upon males, whiny, helpless, manipulative, and weak.  They may live to the end credits, but women in romantic comedies still are not shown as independent, smart, well-adjusted ladies.

At least there is usually a strong female role-model in the horror films.  There may just be one survivor, but she outsmarts the villain, kicks ass, and had superior survival skills.  In romantic comedies even the “strong” women are flawed, lonely, and NEED a man to realize true happiness by the end of the movie.  And unlike the slasher films, romantic comedies portray their content as realistic.

Romantic comedies, like Disney princesses, give girls and women unrealistic, idealized, expectations of men, relationships, and love.  Instead of showing relationships based on hard work, trust, and equal partnership, the RomComs show romanticized male leads with overly chivalrous behavior, and an unbalanced relationship where the women schemes to get what she wants and the man is in ultimate control.

Which do you think is worse:  The Slasher Film or RomComs???

 

My Opinion of Valentine’s Day [posted 2-14-07] [Anti-Valentine’s #1]

13 Feb

I’m completely indifferent to this “holiday.” I wouldn’t get decked out in black and cry about how it sucks to be alone. I also wouldn’t wear pink and talk constantly about how great my significant other is–making everyone else feel like crap. I’m not all bitter because I happen to be single–I wouldn’t celebrate this day if I WAS in a relationship. Just ask my exes. Anyway, I don’t think a holiday should make people feel shitty about being single. Yay for you if you can be independent.

I swear, hearing girls constantly talk about how they didn’t get anything is more than I can take. If I hear one more girl complain about the gift her boyfriend got her, I’ll. . . I don’t know, talk crap behind her back. Just this morning I was in the hair salon (ps-the wrong place to go if you don’t acknowledge valentine’s day) and all the girls were like “all of us got flowers-yay!” By the way, flower shops jack up the price to ridiculous levels. . . The girl helping me, was all sad and said-“I didn’t get anything” (boo-hoo). Another girl said, “yours just came!” My girl was like, “they’re probably from Hi-Vee. . .”

Fractured–like her heart

Ugh-it’s disgusting how even the financial pandering to the ladies can’t mitigate their competitive bitchiness that day! Guys just can’t win. Oh and speaking of dudes. Really, what do they get today? Candy, sex? C’mon, when they have to temper the bad stuff?  They break the bank buying jewelry, and flowers, and plan something romantic. Mostly, guys just get a lot of shit from their GF, b/c they didn’t do v-day well enough–sick. This holiday certainly isn’t for them.

Do we really need Hallmark to tell us when to treat our loved ones nice? I prefer people to treat the people they love wonderfully, every day–and don’t TELL everyone in the world about it!

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