Where Are the Women? The Theory of Everything
Man does science-ing, discovers secrets of the universe. Woman does selfless wife-ing. As usual.
BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [
why this matters
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [
why this matters
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)
TOTAL SCORE: -15
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Man does science-ing, discovers secrets of the universe. Woman does selfless wife-ing. As usual.
Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.
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NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Theory of Everything! 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.) My review of The Theory of Everything is coming soon.
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