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Where Are the Women? The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)

Where Are the Women The Human Centipede III Final Sequence

There is only one woman in this movie, and she is present only so that we can be “amused” by how she is mistreated and demeaned by the male protagonist.

Warning! Some of the details here may constitute spoilers for those not familiar with the story. They might also make you want to vomit.


Does the film take place in a primarily all-male environment (ie, prison, historical military)? [why this matters]


[no significant representation of women in authority]


Is there a female character with significant screen time who dresses less appropriately for the environment than her male counterparts do? [why this matters]

Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]
Does this include gratuitous “booty” shots? [why this matters]


Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]

Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]

Is there a female character who is sexually manipulated or abused by a male protagonist as a way to advance his story? [why this matters]


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

This is so sadistic and woman-hating that I can hardly bear to write it: A joke is made of how the male protagonist has a jar on his desk that contains — Jesus fucking Christ — dried human clitorises that he has imported from Africa, which he eats believing that they will impart him with strength (during the act of which he shouts, “Thank God for female circumcision!”). Later, his female secretary will mistake the contents of the jar for candy and eat one.


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

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

BOTTOM LINE: There is only one woman in this movie, and she is present only so that we can be “amused” by how she is mistreated and demeaned by the male protagonist. He treats her body like his private property, including raping her while she is in a coma after being beaten up. The protagonist is meant to be evil and twisted, but the camera delights in her too-tight, too-revealing clothing and in her abuse in exactly the same way he does, and invites us to do the same.

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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)! 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 Human Centipede III (Final Sequence).

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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