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Where Are the Women? Far from the Madding Crowd

Where Are the Women? Far from the Madding Crowd

A woman in a man’s job and enjoying the luxury of not having to settle romantically is a great role model not only for Victorian England but today too.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +5

+5
Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -15

-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]


-3
Is a dead mother mentioned? [why this matters]
+3
Is a dead father also mentioned? [why this matters]


-10
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [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: +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: 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.


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

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.

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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