In the past, an actual Feminist movie was few and far between, that they were more independent art films or were box office failures. Now in the woke culture, Hollywood has been trying to shoehorn Feminism in as many places as possible, whether they are sneaking it in or being overt about it. When said movie does poorly, it is often blamed on male audience for being sexist and they give no consideration that the movie is actually bad, even when women comment on how bad it is. Some have even preemptively tried to paint males as sexist before the movie comes out, likely as a means to protect themselves in the public eye. Who needs talent when you can just blame men?
What's hilarious about all of this is men have been proven to be the money behind the market in the movie industry, especially in the US. To now have movies with Feminism in them to try to appeal to women and shame men, seems as if Hollywood wants to go bankrupt. Feminists in general don't have money, and if they do they want it to go to Feminist causes. To spend money on a movie or other media is laughable at best..
- 1 Common Themes
- 2 Movies
- 3 References
Patriarchy is Evil
Generally these movies have some element of Patriarchy, a system designed by men for the subjugation of women. This can be seen as a military training leader telling a woman she can't be good enough or a politician demeaning a female character.
Most notably the Suffragettes movie.
Double Standards Benefit Women
If a man does something bad to a woman, it's proof of sexism and any number of bigotry. He's automatically evil. If a woman does the same thing to a man, she's regarded a hero, she is cheered for... or at the very least, it is easily dismissed.
For example, if a man forces himself to have sex with a woman (without consent), it is regarded as the worst thing a man can do. However, in the movie 40 Days and 40 Nights, a male character chained himself to a bed so he wouldn't have any way to have sex (which included masturbation), his ex-girlfriend manages to have sex with him while he is sleeping. Given how our culture (except the Men's Movement) doesn't consider "forced to penetrate" as actual rape, it makes sense why no Feminists has ever criticized this scene.
Another example is the movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend, that had a man done everything G-Girl had done, he'd be seen as the worst man ever.
Weak Males Make Strong Females
Very often in films, in order for a female to stand out in the film, all the other male characters automatically have to be weak, whether in actual strength or in intelligence. Only women can solve the problem of the story and no one can do what she can do.
In the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, Chris Hemsworth character (gender flip of Jeanine from original) was impossibly stupid. This was likely done to make the female ghostbusters standout more, but to show how much more evil the Big Bad Male was when the actor started to act smart.
Men Are Expendable
While this has been true in the entire film history, this is more true in Feminist movies. Rarely do female characters die, and if they do, it's important to all the characters. Most often when a man dies, it is often needless, and rarely does anyone reflect on it, unless they are very critical to the plot, such as Tony Stark in the MCU, a whole scene is dedicated to his funeral.
This also addresses that women automatically have the audience sympathy whereas male characters must work for empathy. Generally women are only hated by audience if they are against another female character or kills off a sympathetic male that has earned empathy, but said female character can be redeemed quickly.
Female Abusers are Justified
This is a trope that has always existed in film history. If a woman does something violent, it's because events have caused her to be violent. However, no matter what reason a man has (even if defending himself), a man who abuses a woman is automatically evil. This is true to life.
This can also be played that women are automatically innocent, or need to be handled gently. Such as V for Vendetta, the one woman V kills, he shows her grace and dignity that was not shown to anyone else, even though she was the scientist of the experiment.
Perhaps the most common act is a woman slapping a man.
This includes rape. A woman who rapes a male is not actually a rapist, because either
- Rape can only be done by the powerful against the weak (Men against women)
- Rape requires penetration, and thus women have no penetrating genital (though men can still be rapists for use of tongue, fingers, or other objects used for penetration)
This reasoning is bullshit is so many ways, which extends that male on male rape is not taken seriously, and forced to penetrate is not taken seriously. Moreover, a woman raping a woman (or a girl) is also not taken seriously. It simply comes down to, Men can't be victims, women can't be perpetrators.
Males Are Flat, Females Are Round
Regarding how men change throughout the story, females are more likely to change throughout a story and males are not. If a male does have any character development, it's generally saved for the ending and often as an embarrassment that he was wrong about everything. If a male character is allowed to be round, it's only done to bolster female characters.
All Males Are Pervs, No Woman is a Slut
A man who wants sex automatically makes him a pervert, despite of course that most humans desire sex. However, if a girl desires sex, she is seen as being pure in her desire. If a man has lots of sex, he's seen as a player. If a woman has lots of sex, she is seen as being empowered.
Star Wars - The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars - The Last Jedi (2017)
Terminator - Dark Fate (2019)
Just like Ghostbusters (2016), this is a slap in the face to the entire franchise and its fans. Within minutes, the film kills off John Connor, who has been important to all the films. Sarah Connor survives this, but is given no time to grieve or grow as a character, he is just easily forgotten. Given the strong Feminist influence of the rest of the movie, it's like the movie is saying that we don't need strong white males at all, unless they're robots.
A hero from the future, a woman, beats up a bunch of cops and takes men's clothing. In Terminator 3, the T-X model took female clothing as a way to blend in. In DF, it's like it is telling us that a woman can do anything a man can do by taking men's clothes and thus men are not needed at all. If there wasn't strong Feminists influences in this film, this could easily be dismissed. Given this is a Feminist film, it only adds to the Feminists message.
As far as why the chosen-one-heroine is being killed, this isn't revealed until later in the film. Primarily this is done so Sarah Connor can look at her as just an incubator for a future leader, much like she was. However, Sarah's role in the franchise was more as just a mother but as a woman who trained John to be the man he grew up to be. It seems now that Sarah has problem with this and the idea that this woman can only be a womb for some man seems idiotic. Sarah herself is proof that women can still be badass and in Terminator 2 she really demonstrated that. The future heroine should have explained it right away instead of having this anti-female message in the film. In many ways, this denigrates motherhood itself and that the only way a woman can be important is to kick ass person. Most people love a female who can kickass, but most people also don't look down on motherhood either. The fact that people saw Sarah Connor as both should have said something about our culture.
Surprisingly, this movie is anti-Masculinity and anti-Femininity. Can't have male heroes, but women must act like men to save the day. This wouldn't be an issue of a female acting more masculine, such as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, so long as there is representation of masculine males and feminine females, with room of a feminine male (Samwell Tarly). However, DF over compensates on not needing males to the point that they erase what makes women... women.
You can watch David Cullen's review here .