Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A woman doing a man’s job in a world — Victorian England — that wasn’t kind to that sort of woman and enjoying the luxury of not having to settle romantically for an advantageous man instead of the right man ends up being a great role model for women today.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Far from the Madding Crowd! 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 Far from the Madding Crowd.