The conventional knowledge in Hollywood is that an unsympathetic female character can tank a movie. I’m hoping that’s not true. I’m knocking on wood really emphatically right now but honestly I have a lot of theories sometimes I wonder if it comes down to mommy issues. The idea of a cold, unlikeable woman or a woman who is not in control of herself is genuinely frightening to people because it threatens civilization itself or threatens the American family.
I think Diablo Cody is really smart and that she has even better work to come. I haven’t seen this movie, but I will. I think what she’s saying about the portrayal of women is important.
There are some feminist voices which are outspoken about the portrayal of women in the media as overly sexual, unintelligent, objectified sort of things. I’m not into this portrayal for sure. Diablo makes another point about the portrayal of women which I think is also important: that women have flaws, and it’s ok.
I don’t know why people are always willing to accept and even like flawed male characters. We’ve seen so many loveable anti-heroes who are curmudgeons or addicts or bad fathers and a lot of those characters have become beloved icons and I don’t see women allowed to play the same parts. So it was really important to me to try and turn that around.
Women are multi-faceted. And the facets don’t have to be limited to a) cute when you’re meeting your boyfriends’ parents, b) sexy in bed, and c) smart in an interview. We can also be disproportionately emotional (http://tinyurl.com/73zm6rt), angry, or overwhelmed. Seeing those facets in the media could relieve the pressure to be or to seem to be a certain kind of woman.
When you don’t look like in a model in real life you cherish great photos of yourself. When I was on Facebook, approximately 1/3 of my life was untagging bad photos of myself and sending messages to their uploaders saying: “WTF, you guys? Put another grim photo of me on the internet and I will…