movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri May 06 2016, 09:51pm | 6 comments
Why do you think fan-fiction has always been dominated with female writers and characters? Women would enjoy a bit of wish fulfillment once and awhile too. Unfortunately many of these stories perpetuate the idea that abusive relationships are normal and even ideal. This suggests that the way that young women are depicted in film is far from harmless and is in fact doing generations of aspiring young authors a disservice. For every Naomi Novik there are ten James Pattersons. This needs to change.
So if you all thought The Girlfriend Experience had a dubious concept as its inspiration, you all apparently ain’t seen nothing yet…
Maybe you should start compiling a list of “Flawed guy recovers through the love of a beautiful woman” films, so you can point to it every time someone says, “But Evan’s a really good listener!” or, “You’re just biased against Adam Sandler!”
You don’t need to explain fan fiction to me. I got my start in fan fiction.
But there is an enormous difference between the mainstream offering reassurance and DIYers having to create their own reassurance. One of those differences is this: Men do not get castigated for creating their own entertaining reassurance… like with the vast majority of movies. But a woman writes fan fiction, and suddenly she’s some crazy deluded pathetic loser.
But when a female character appears to have a perfect life but is unhappy for an ill-defined reason, the answer mysteriously turns out to be that she should do less work or art or whatever, and more monogamy and motherhood.
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