Women have made tremendous gains in the work force since the days of Rosie the Riveter, and this is of course a good thing. Interestingly, the United States military has been consistently behind the eight ball in terms of equality in the work place.
With the recent attention paid to the Navy SEALS following the death of Osama bin Laden, it’s worth noting that women, while allowed to serve in some military capacities, are still kept out of this (and other) elite special ops groups.
According to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the presence of women in special operations forces is in fact increasing, which is naturally a positive. However, Mabus admits that servicewomen tend to be placed in “support roles” and are banned from being moved into “combat and infantry jobs”.
Not to worry, though … Mabus emphasized that there are going to be “some careful, well-thought-out steps in that direction.”
I can accept that summer action films have a certain obligation to pander to the lowest-common-teenage-boy-denominator. I can accept that the boobies/explosion to dialogue ratio has to be high. But what I can’t stomach is the fact that every single female character Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class — except for Prof. X and Magneto’s Mothers — needs to be objectified throughout the duration of the film.
It would be one thing if we were just talking about a “token female” character, but the cast is littered with women, and every single one is either completely or partially naked at some point in the movie.
Don’t get me wrong — I liked X-Men. It was a lot of fun. But I couldn’t help but be distracted at the way in which having Emma Frost turn to diamond or Mystique turn …
I had a chance to see Kenneth Branagh’s Thor last week, and while I liked the movie (it wasn’t perfect, but it was fun), I couldn’t help but notice that Branagh had played with cinematic gender norms in a big way.
The movie stars the ultra-buff Chris Hemsworth who has one very long and drawn-out shirtless scene in the movie while he wanders around getting dressed after escaping from a hospital. The scene doesn’t show Hemsworth flexing or smirking or showing off or acting tough. Instead, it’s very voyeuristic, making Hemsworth’s Thor the object that two female characters (played by Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings) are ogling as he wanders around the apartment putting on clothes. This might not have come off as odd were it not for the fact that …
Written and submitted by Zelda Lily Guest Writer Anastasia Scangas
As a society, we are not a stranger to photo-shopped images. At the beginning of this week, however, a different kind of photo-shopped imaged appeared: one that had removed Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and Audrey Tomason, the Director for Counterterrorism from an official White House photo. The photo-shopped image was released by Di Zeitung, a conservative, Hasidic Jewish newspaper out of Brooklyn, who removed the two women from the photo because of operating policy based on Hasidic laws of modesty.
Here’s the new version of the photo:
In a statement released by Di Zeitung, the paper apologizes for removing the women but only because it is against the “fine print” of the White House photo, not because they digitally removed the two women from the photo. The statement also goes on to explain why the two women were removed from the photo: because the Hasidic laws of modesty imply that “women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like.” While the paper is fully …