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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Trash

WATWtrash

As usual, engaging in a daring adventure is something only boys get to do.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-10
Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2

+2
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: -8

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: As usual, engaging in a daring adventure is something only boys get to do. Poor Rooney Mara doesn’t even rise to the level of a token girl here.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Trash! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Trash.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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