Wonder Woman, The Justice League, and Why Diversity Matters #TimesUp

 

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I am going to make a case for inclusion not only for female directors and cinematographers and editors, but the grips and production design etc in my own nerdy way.

One: The Male Gaze

“The woman is passive to the active gaze from the man and can be linked to scopophilia (or scoptophilia), which can be described as pleasure derived from looking. As an expression of sexuality, scopophilia refers to sexual pleasure derived from looking at erotic objects: erotic photographs, pornography, naked bodies, etc. In sum, according to Mulvey, the categories of pleasurable viewing are twofold: voyeurism, which derives pleasure from viewing a distant other, and projecting one’s fantasies, usually sexual, onto that person, and narcissism, a form of recognition of one’s self in the image of another we are viewing. Mulvey also believes that in order to enjoy a film as a woman, or any gender other than male, we must learn to identify with the male protagonist. [6] Wendy Arons adds that hypersexualization diminishes the symbolic threat posed by violent female characters in action films, “The focus on the body—as a body in ostentatious displays of breasts, legs, and buttocks—does mitigate the threat that women pose to ‘the very fabric of… society’ by reassuring the (male) viewer of his privilege as the possessor of the objectifying gaze”

The reaction to Wonder Woman in the solo movie compared to her reception in the Justice league. It can be very subtle when it seems like most movies are written for the male audience, even though women make up more than half of the consumers these days. If you watch the first Transformers movie, and the first glance of Megan Fox is from the legs up.

I don’t think Wonder Woman was over sexualized in the justice league, but there were some glaring differences. Like she was in her Wonder Woman costume with a shirt over it sometimes for almost the entire movie. In Jenkin’s version, her costume was part of the excitement of the fight scenes, I mean there were articles written about Women sobbing their eyes out during the “No man’s Land” scene, why? Because we have never seen this powerful woman not using her looks or objectification. It was so beautifully shot and seeing that on screen for the first time in my 30+ years was tears of joy worthy.
I think if you take a look at the Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script, it will be immediately obvious and a perfect example of why he was good to walk away from the Bat Girl movie (though I think it would be better to do a bird of prey movie)

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Two: Tax exemptions for productions that hire using the inclusion rider format.

 

I am a woman who wants to work in the movie industry and I love comic books and science fiction and dinosaurs just like any other person. If I had directed “Jurassic World” NOBODY would be running away from dinosaurs in HEELS. It’s subtle things like that, take a look at Jessica Jones, each episode directed by a woman, the showrunner is a woman. Compare and contrast, male directors (there is no shortage there)

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(Gillian Anderson  as playing Scully during the first run of the x-files, wearing her blazers with shoulder pads and NORMAL dress was A HUGE sex symbol for an entire generation. These studios do not know their audiences anymore. )

This country is so diverse and women are half the population and if it takes more forceful ways to make the movie industry look like me or you or our friends aka American Society then it’s time.

Inclusion riders are amazing, but only work if men and women come together in numbers, especially those who have benefited from the millions of dollars that the public has helped line their pockets with.

The other part of it should be mandatory inclusion in any state or production that is receiving a tax credit, or an additional percentage for doing so. This also only works with others doing the same thing or else they will leave. Georgia, New York, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and of course California with encouragement to other countries like Canada and England to participate this changes the movie industry, forever.

I am a part of the #MeToo / #TimesUp movement and seriously, this is a way of making a living, it’s not just about the statistics.

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