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Where Are the Women? The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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A story about a girl with a playful appreciation of life who resists the constraints her culture places on her, this is a true girl’s own tale.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +30

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]
+5
Is she nonwhite? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

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]


-10
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [why this matters]
+10
Is he rebuked for it, either directly (by a character onscreen) or indirectly (by how it is depicted)? [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: +25

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

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Riko Sakaguchi) (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: A story about a girl with a playful appreciation of life who grows into a young woman who resists the constraints her culture places on her because of her gender and the idealization she is subjected to, this is a true girl’s own tale.


Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya! 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.) Check out my rating of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

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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