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Where Are the Women? The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

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Hooray for a female protagonist and a female villain. Boo that their concerns are all wrapped up in motherhood. But hey, at least no one’s naked!

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -5

+5
Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]


+10
Is there a female villain or antagonist? [why this matters]
-20
Is her villainy/badness defined primarily by her gender (ie, is it related to motherhood, or is it of a sexual nature)? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]


-3
Is a dead mother mentioned? [why this matters]
+3
Is a dead father also mentioned? [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: +15

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: While the protagonist may be female, she is defined primarily by her relationship to the children in her charge, and by her own past experience with pregnancy and motherhood; the ghostly villain is defined primarily by her own experience with motherhood. So, this isn’t as progressive a representation of women as it might be.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death! 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 Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.

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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