Yesterday, the first trailer for this year’s Star Wars
retelling..erm, installment, came out–and many men everywhere totally lost their shit. (If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s below the fold.)
Why did so many men exploded in rage all over the internet?
Because, going by the trailer alone, there are two women in fairly prominent roles–one is the eponymous Rogue One, the other seems to be very high up in the Rebel Alliance’s hierarchy.
Of course, every other character spotlighted–eight? nine?¹–is male, but c’mon, that’s not good enough for misogynists, is it? It’s not like about half the population on earth is female or anything…
But wait, it’s not that these assholes don’t want women in their action movies, it’s that the wimmin should be in their proper place in those movies.² You know, with voluptuous tits and ass, showing plenty of skin, talking as little as possible, and coming on to the hero at every opportunity.
What the hell are these filmmakers thinking? Women in action films who are actually, you know, heroic? (Instead of the usual woman in action films, like, say, damsel-in-distress-again Lois Lane in Superman, as an example of one type of objectification of women in film and other media.³)
So, yeah, I may even watch this one.
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¹ Checking the always reliable Wikipedia, there is one woman in the main cast (our plucky heroine), and nine men. The other prominent woman listed does not have a primary role, per se, as much as it’s a placeholder for a woman in power.
² And in the assholes’ lives, and in the world around them. What’s with these uppity women, thinking they should be allowed educations, decent jobs, equal pay for equal labor, freedom to choose their sexual partners, opinions and the space to express them. Like, you know, full human beings.
³ We also have the trophy, as in “he won the girl because he’s so awesome!” And the excuse, as in “he went all Charles Bronson on the villains because they killed/raped/hurt/kidnapped his wife/daughter/other female.” There are more, but those three are on the top of my list.