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Where Are the Women? The Emperor’s New Clothes

Where Are the Women? The Emperor's New Clothes

With interviews with women impacted by our difficult economic times and an appearance by Margaret Thatcher, women are fairly well represented here.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +7

+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]


+1
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
+1
More than one? [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: +7

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Russell Brand obviously dominates, but with onscreen interviews with multiple women who are impacted by our tough economic times — many of whom are also working to enact change for the better — and an appearance by Margaret Thatcher (in a small but essential villain role), women are fairly well represented here, particularly in that women (except Thatcher) have had little role in causing the crisis.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Emperor’s New Clothes! 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 The Emperor’s New Clothes.

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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