Pop-Culture | Posted by Fiona L on 02/17/2012

Maybe SHE’S Just Not That Into You

A friend of mine recently created a zine about the slut/stud double standard for a electives course called Feminisms that she’s taking. She included various fairy-tale-esque ads she found in magazines depicting women as love-obsessed. Watching her make her zine got me thinking about the image we always see of women as relationship-focused and emotional. Specifically, it got me thinking about the way we’re generally told girls and boys view random hook-ups, and I began to question whether those views are as widespread as we’ve been led to believe.

Remember the movie He’s Just Not That Into You? For those of you who missed it, the basic premise of this highbrow film (read: crappy rom-com) is that women and girls make up all kinds of excuses to rationalize men’s jerky behavior. According to He’s Just Not That Into You, we come up with justifications when a guy doesn’t call us, ignores us, or just treats us generally badly.

Apparently, we all need to realize that, upsetting as it is, he’s just not that into us. I agree. If someone is treating you badly, chances are they aren’t worth your time. But I have one issue.Movies like He’s Just Not That Into You and nearly every other rom-com in existence (save, maybe 500 Days of Summer) tell us that men often act like jerks and sometimes act nice. They usually tell us to find the nice guys, but they never address the fact that women also act like jerks, and sometimes she’s just not that into you.

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Feminism | Posted by Adam D on 11/6/2009

Thinking in Technicolor: A Dilemma in Modern Film

In discussing the decline of quality in contemporary film, the conversation often focuses on easy targets such as remakes, sequels, and poor public taste.  Yet these complaints are by no means unique to the current cinematic climate.  The near complete lack of films featuring female protagonists by male directors in recent years indicates a far more disconcerting trend. Though excellent work this year from Jane Campion and Kathryn Bigelow proves that the fairer sex retains a strong voice in modern cinema, women are virtually absent from the recent opuses of The Coen Brothers, P.T. Anderson, and the other auteurs du jour.  While talented in crafting their female characters, Quentin Tarantino and Lars von Trier too often toe the line of misogyny, no matter how much either denies it.

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