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Where Are the Women? Jurassic World

Where Are the Women? Jurassic World

The female coprotagonist is a Jurassic World administrator of some sort and ostensibly an authority figure, but she is constantly undermined by men.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10

+10
Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2

+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]
-5
Is her authority presented as having a negative impact on her life? [why this matters]


+2
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -45

-5
Is there a female character with significant screen time who dresses less appropriately for the environment than her male counterparts do? [why this matters]


-5
Is a woman introduced by the camera crawling up her body (either front or back) from her feet to her head? [why this matters]


-5
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
-10
Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]
-20
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]

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]

WILDCARD SCORE: -5

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

The female administrator of Jurassic World is depicted as sexually uptight and unreasonably dismissive of her own sexual impulses… a situation that is, of course, rectified by the end of the film. A male character would never be depicted this way.

TOTAL SCORE: -38

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

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of four credited (Amanda Silver) (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: The female coprotagonist, a Jurassic World administrator of some vague sort, is ostensibly an authority figure here, but she is constantly undermined by men who — we are meant to see — obviously know better than she. She gets increasingly less dressed as the film goes on — unlike her male coprotagonists, who remain fully clothed — and her “reward” at the end is a kiss from a man whose previous romantic advances she had rebuffed. Women! Always saying No when they really mean Yes.


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

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

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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