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Where Are the Women? Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos)

Where Are the Women? Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos)

The name of the lovestruck female love interest for the male protagonist is almost never uttered. His name is mentioned constantly, natch. What a metaphor!

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-10
Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5

-5
Is a woman or women* used as decorative objects/set dressing? (*in this case, a “sexy” female chicken) [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -20

-5
Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing*? (*in this case, a woman’s comically large breasts fill the screen as they flop around in a way meant to be grotesquely funny) [why this matters]


-5
Is there a female character whose primary goal is romantic (to get married, enter into a longterm relationship with a man, etc)? [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]

WILDCARD SCORE: -5

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

The female characters here are all drawn with gendered signifiers — long eyelashes, hair bows, splashes of pink — in ways that the male characters are not, the most ridiculous being the pair of mammalian breasts on a female chicken.

TOTAL SCORE: -40

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

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (two of the five writers credited for the English version: Melanie Simka and Jocelyn Wright) (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: In this male-dominated movie — that is, insidiously, aimed at children and therefore aims to reinforce the misogynist status quo in the minds of impressionable younglings — features a lovestruck female sidekick/love interest for the male protagonist whose name is almost never uttered. His name is mentioned constantly, as other characters talk to him or about him. For the longest time while watching this film, I didn’t even know what her name was, because no one talks to her or about her. Which is an unfortunately perfect metaphor for how most movies treat their female characters.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos)! 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 Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos).

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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