Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [why this matters]
Is he rebuked for it, either directly (by a character onscreen) or indirectly (by how it is depicted)? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women are almost nonexistent in this story. They appear only extremely briefly as supportive wives and mothers, or as romantic interests (for men, of course) who must be rescued from another man’s abuse. The one woman whose role could have been played by a man is a teacher in one quick scene — she has only a couple of lines — but she is in no sense a character in the story: she is present only to underline the theme the film is desperately trying to impact.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Woodlawn! 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 Woodlawn.