AWFJ proudly announces “The Week In Women,” MaryAnn Johanson’s new weekly feature in Women On Film
As 2009 begins, we’re still confronting an entertainment industry in the US — and, indeed, worldwide — that’s dominated by men. Men make most films, write most films, produce most films. As a result, most movies are about men: their wants, needs, dreams and behavior.
Even when female characters appear on screen, the stories in which they participate are rarely about those female characters: their wants, needs, dreams and behavior.
That female characters are almost always seen from a male perspective dictates that women who play those characters be subjects of male desires, too–or at least to male desires as perceived by that cadre of men who make and market movies, men who apparently don’t know that surveys have found the primary complaint of American men about American women to be that they’re too thin. Hollywood honchos still insist on foisting stick-thin women on audiences–male and female.
Because many people don’t take much notice of the extraordinary influences that reel life has on real life–and particularly on the underlying assumptions and attitudes moviegoers have towards women–MaryAnn Johanson’s “The Week In Women,” published here every Friday, will highlight the good and the bad, the positive and the negative, the factual and false impressions served up the world of entertainment for public consumption. Welcome to “The Week in Women.”