Where Da Beaches At?

Are you staring at my ruffles?

Are you staring at my ruffles?

Women. They have all the power, don't they? They can go into a bar and simply ask any man if they want to have sex, and that man will likely say, "Hell yeah!"

A man who tries this will likely get punched. Or slapped if they ask women.

But there's a saying: It's a man's world. And nowhere is this more apparent than in Hollywood. Isn't Holly a woman's name? And what are we doing in her wood? That sounds kinda dirty.

I was taking a much needed break from work and the bland laptop screen when I came across an article on RogerEbert.com: What Even Our Best Blockbusters Are Still Getting Wrong About Women, written by Kyle Buchanan. 

The article intrigued me because I'm always curious about criticisms of female roles in movies, books, TV shows because I write from female point-of-views (POV) in my book. I had read a review of Game of Thrones, and how the author - George R.R. Martin - who writes from different character perspectives had gotten a woman's character wrong. Basically, from the female character's perspective, she had been aware of her breasts swaying as she entered a room. And that was poignant for me because I had never thought about that. Of course a man writing from the POV of a woman won't fully understand what being a woman really means. That doesn't explain Memoirs of a Geisha. Then the reviewer turned it around and asked the men if we ever think about our testicles swaying when we enter a room? Only if my underwear feels rough. So I asked my then girlfriend if she was aware of her breasts swaying when she walked around, and she gave me a look like I had asked a stupid question. I took that as a No. 

This skin cream isn't working

This skin cream isn't working

Buchanan's article simply states that women are very under represented in movies. Even in the well reviewed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there are really only three female roles with very little screen time. Most of the major characters are male, and even though the central storyline is about fathers and sons, women are crucial in the real world, any world that has opposing sexes.

When Buchanan asked the director about this, Matt Reeves ultimately didn't have a good answer and was disappointed by his choice. Though, he stated this wasn't a conscious decision, which I believe to be true.

The article had put a smile on my face. I mean, the article didn't caress my face and then I smiled cause it felt good. It had been a rough couple of weeks at work, and my writing coach had been kicking my ass, which is a good thing. But, in the midst of all that, I had done something right. Finally. 

In my book, I had made a conscious choice to include a lot of female characters, especially in leadership positions, despite it being a father son story too. The father had lost his son to a predator, and now he has to deal with the guilt of not being able to save his own son and the guilt his wife places on his shoulders.

That's my gum!

That's my gum!

I also needed female characters because they symbolize power transitioning from a purely patriarchal perspective to a more enlightened one. It's enlightened because there's a purpose to males and females, ying and yang. A lot of studies have shown that when men and women work together, they tend to accomplish things with better results as opposed to purely patriarchal (Roman Catholic Church anyone?) or matriarchal only groups. Nature created humans with opposite sexes, and with that, different strengths were given to each that are complimentary. It doesn't take much to prove this. The greatest human creation, a human child, can only be made by a man and a woman.

But, Jimmy, how about test tube babies. Sorry, brah (not referring to women's garment), but we still need genetic material from a man and a woman. There's no way around it.

The article is an incredible read. The comments are also interesting because you'll see both sides of the argument. Do we need token women? Is the reason male actors dominate summer blockbusters because they bring in the most money? What about movies such as Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent that have strong female leads? Don't they count?

One thing about my chest, I am aware of it when I walk into a room. And that's because of the females. Not that I puff out my chest when women are around, I'm not that egotostical, but that I accentuate my chest. But, Jimmy, using a different word other than puff doesn't mean you're not puffing your chest out, brah. Sure it does. Right...? I'll take that as a No.