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Where Are the Women? Hotel Transylvania 2

Where Are the Women? Hotel Transylvania 2

The entire plot of the film is about the male protagonist attempting to police every aspect of his daughter’s life… and he is rewarded for his actions.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -28

-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]


-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]


-3
Is a dead mother 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: -28

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: The entire plot of the film is about the male protagonist policing or attempting to police almost every aspect of his daughter’s life, from her choice of husband to how she raises her child to where she and her own family live. This is depicted as a charming and heartwarming way for a father to demonstrate that he loves his daughter and as entirely appropriate and reasonable behavior… and he is rewarded in every way for his actions.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Hotel Transylvania 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 Hotel Transylvania 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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