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Where Are the Women? Amy

Where Are the Women? Amy

One of the most astonishing musical artists of the 21st century happened to be a woman… or maybe it wasn’t happenstance.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25

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

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children*? (*in this case, an adult child) [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: One of the most astonishing musical artists of the 21st century happened to be a woman… or maybe it wasn’t happenstance. Maybe her genius and her tragedy sprung in part from pain she experienced uniquely as a woman, thwarted romance and abandonment and neediness and vulnerability that is distinct from how men experience similar pain. Or maybe not! This film leaves lots of room for interpreting Winehouse’s life in myriad ways that embrace her full humanity.


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

Click here for the ranking of 2015’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Amy! 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 Amy.

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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