Passes the Bechdel, Fails Feminism: Bridesmaids Revisited
By now I hope we can all agree that just because a film features female characters who speak with one another about anything other than a man, it does not automatically qualify as FEMINIST-FRIENDLY. What we really need to consider is context. So, let’s do just that. And let’s do it with BRIDESMAIDS. BRIDESMAIDS is […]
What is a Feminist-Friendly Film?
Last post, I denounced the term CHICK FLICK, insisting we adopt a more accurate, and less derogatory, term for films intended to appeal primarily to female audiences: “female-targeted films.” Today I want to expand on what that means, and perhaps more importantly, what it doesn’t mean. The female-targeted film hails from a fundamental logic in […]
The Problem with “Chick Flicks”
Hear the term “Chick Flick” and what pops to mind? A girlie rom-com like PRETTY WOMAN or BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY? A female-driven comedy like BRIDESMAIDS or a musical like MAMMA MIA? Or is it a tearjerker like LOVE STORY or a weepie teen flick like THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? Hell, it might even be something more action-oriented, like THELMA & LOUISE or WONDER WOMAN.
And herein lies the problem. Just what the heck is “Chick Flick” trying to say?