Our friends over at FlickFilosopher are mad about how women are portrayed in film. The neverending ways Hollywood manages to misrepresent women doesn’t even have to involve you sitting down to watch the movie any more, the pigeon hole of female characters bleeds out even into the marketing of big budget action films — more specifically how they are portrayed in movie posters.
Take a look at these new movie posters with ensemble casts and try to take note of what you are seeing in regards to how women are being represented. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
If you thought “cool, these action movies that might otherwise have included only men in their cast all have female stars too” you’re halfway there. These movie poster only have one woman each in oddly sexy poses (why is Black Widow sticking her boobs out behind Capitan America? Unless she’s trying to somehow distract an enemy by flicking her hair around that is pretty gratuitous — seriously she looks like she is about to fall over) and they are there surrounded by men because they’re being used essentially as props.
They are token women.
FlickFilosopher put it bluntly in this analysis:
“Because, as far as The Movies are concerned, a woman is just a type of person. A person can be a hero (male), a villain (male), the human comic relief (male), the alien comic relief (male), the muscle (male), the competent cop (male), the incompetent cop (male), the fuckup (male), the leader (male), the sidekick (male), the nerd (male)… or the woman (female).”
What do you think, should action movies do a better job of portraying female characters and not boiling their presence down to tokenism? Do any of these movies pass the Bechdel Test? Why is Black Widow standing like that??