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Where Are the Women? Entourage

Where Are the Women? Entourage

Who are the women in Hollywood? If they’re not nagging wives or saintly mothers-to-be, they are sex toys for men. What else is there?


Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [why this matters]


Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]

Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]


Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]
Does this include breasts bouncing in slo-mo? [why this matters]
Are the breasts bare? [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]

Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [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)

One character in the mostly male ensemble is defined almost exclusively by his nonstop misogyny: he speaks nary a line of dialogue that isn’t about objectifying women and debating with himself whether they will want to fuck him.


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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Eighty percent of the women in the world of this movie are present solely so they may be judged on their fuckability; another 10 percent of women are present so that we may find it funny that they are upset over being treated like blowup dolls; the final 10 percent is evenly divided between a nagging wife and a saintly mother-to-be. This would appear to be the sum total of women’s jobs in Hollywood.

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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Entourage! 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 Entourage.

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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