You think the near absence of girls and women as the protagonists of their own adventures is only a problem for girls and women? Think again.
Via Metro, here’s what nine-year-olds boys said they don’t like about being a boy:
The list included ‘supposed to do all the work’, ‘supposed to play football’, ‘supposed to like violence’, and ‘not supposed to cry’, and highlight the little acknowledged pressure boys feel to conform to a rather stringent and outmoded stereotype of masculinity.
Where do you suppose these little guys got their ideas about what men are and aren’t “supposed” to do or be? Sure, some of it may have come from home… but plenty of these kids will also have mothers who work outside the home and fathers who don’t like football. They picked up these ideas from the culture at large. And once they start seeing movies about women who work, play football, fight wars, refuse to cry, and do the full range of things that women and men alike do, maybe they won’t feel so pressured to conform to an unrealistic image of what makes a man.
With my new Kickstarter, I am seeking funding for a project to detail on a very fine, nitty-gritty, film-by-film basis just how badly movies fail girls and women. (More details and links to supporting materials can be found and commented on here.)