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Where Are the Women? Beyond the Mask

Where Are the Women? Beyond the Mask

The only woman with any significant presence in this story is here solely to give the wounded male protagonist someone to aspire to.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-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: -5

-5
Is there a woman who is kidnapped (either onscreen or off) whose kidnap motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-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)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: -20

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: The only woman with any significant presence in this story is here solely to give the wounded male protagonist someone to aspire to, someone to whom he can prove that he has become a Good Man, rather than the Bad Man he was before. Because that’s what women are for: making men better. (Women, of course, never need any help in achieving the status of paragon. We do that all on our own. Perhaps we’re even born perfect. It’s a mystery!)


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Beyond the Mask! 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 Beyond the Mask.

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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  • RogerBW

    Nature’s Little Self-Help Books!

  • Sharon Kraemer

    I just saw the movie and it was awesome! If you like Jane Austen, then you will love this movie. Sometimes, a girl just wants to watch a good romance.

  • You’re slandering Jane Austen.

    I love a good romance too. There’s isn’t one here.

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