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Where Are the Women? Ted 2

Where Are the Women? Ted 2

To add insult to the usual injury, one of the two female characters here is defined solely as the wife of a male protagonist… and he’s not even human.

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 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: -15

-5
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
-10
Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10

-5
Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]


-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: -30

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: To add insult to the usual injury women suffer at the hands of Hollywood, one of the two significant female characters here is defined solely as the wife of a male protagonist… and he’s not even human. Here, a woman must serve the narrative needs of a sexless toy teddy bear who has come to life and considers himself male. (The only other female character is a lawyer, but she’s also here to serve the romantic personal-journey needs of the other male protagonist.)


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Ted 2! 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 Ted 2.

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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