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Where Are the Women? The Transporter Refuelled

Where Are the Women? The Transporter Refuelled

Appears to believe that if you put a gun in a woman’s hand, it’s not exploitive to also treat her like a sex toy and a decorative object.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-10
Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a woman who is kidnapped (either onscreen or off) whose kidnap motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -40

-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]
-20
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]
-5
Does this include gratuitous “booty” shots? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -23

-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]


-5
Is a woman paired romantically with a man old enough to be her father? [why this matters]


-10
Is there a hooker with a heart of gold? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: -10

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

While the film briefly pays lip service to the idea that being sold into prostitution as a child and being forced to have sex with strange men on a regular basis is a terrible thing, it nevertheless treats women who have suffered this as sultry and alluring fuck-dispensing machines who happily dole out sex as a reward to men. If there is a downside to being sold into prostitution as a child and being forced to have sex with strange men on a regular basis, there is little evidence for that here.

TOTAL SCORE: -88

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Of all the woman-hating crap I sit through, the absolute worst is the stuff that thinks it loves women and has given us strong and positive female characters and yet has clearly no idea how to actually do so. Like movie, that appears to believe that if you put a gun in a woman’s hand and some vaguely badass words in her mouth, it’s not exploitive to also treat her like a sex toy and a decorative object. This is, of course, not the case.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Transporter Refuelled! 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 Transporter Refuelled.

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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  • amanohyo

    The WatW for this movie and Me Earl and the Dying Girl remind me of the Simpsons episode in which Lisa convinces Mr. Burns to be an environmentalist. He’s even more evil and frustrating when he thinks he’s being good. It also reminds me of one of my favorite Kate Beaton strips:

    http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311

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