Why Hollywood still needs more heroes

Randall Monroe over at XKCD has a wonderful blag post illustrating yet another example of male privilege.

Here’s the quick rundown:

There were about 110 movies with a male lead and 5 with a female lead. Of the second-billed females, nearly all are written as love interests of the first-billed man. There were over sixty movies in the sample with two male stars top-billed. The only movies with two top-billed female roles, on the other hand, were The Devil Wears Prada and Scary Movie 4.

So even when we have all these seemingly strong women in Hollywood movies, they’re almost always alone, or their boyfriend is their only backup. Apparently even feminists are dependent on men. Yet we don’t even realise they’re being protrayed this way because privilege and backlash just lead us to focus on the whole “yet another female lead” part of the movie.

And it’s true- the only significantly honest Hollywood movie with empowered women was The Devil Wears Prada.


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