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Where Are the Women? The Program

Where Are the Women? The Program

Except for extremely brief appearances by wives and girlfriends of the male characters, women are entirely absent from this film.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +1

+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 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: -9

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Except for extremely brief appearances by wives and girlfriends of the male characters — and one instance of archival footage of Oprah Winfrey from her TV interview with the real Lance Armstrong (she’s the “women in a position of authority” mentioned elsewhere — women are entirely absent from this film.


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

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

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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