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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Steve Jobs

Where Are the Women? Steve Jobs

The female characters here support the journey of the male protagonist, but they are not especially supportive: they are too challenging of him for that.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10

+10
Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +6

+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]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10

-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]

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: +6

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: All the female characters here support the journey of the male protagonist, but they are not especially supportive in the nurturing sense of the word: they are far too challenging of him for that. It’s particularly gratifying to see a depiction of a long-term friendship and business partnership between the male protagonist and a woman — Jobs’ head of marketing, played by Kate Winslet — involving affection that is profound yet strictly platonic.


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 Steve Jobs! 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 Steve Jobs.

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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