PARTIAL FIRST DRAFT
(This was double spaced in my Word Document and I do not know how to double space it here…)
My hair goes flying back as I throw him to the ground. I leave him no time to take a breath before I pick him back up and give him a good punch in the face. He staggers back, giving me the opportunity to advance and kick him in the chest. His back hits the wall. I’ve got him. I grab his throat and my foot mobilises his hand against the wall. He drops the gun. He’s stuck. “Cat’s got your tongue.”, my perfectly red lips whisper in a sultry voice.
I remember watching The Dark Knight Rises when it first came out, and being fixated on Cat Woman. Obviously, I just had to imagine myself as her. Her hair always stayed groomed, her red lipstick always remained on and she talked in a soft sultry voice. Her suit was tight and black, which gave her the perfect body shape. She was independent and could fend for herself. During battles, she managed to use her full force while remaining elegant and sexy. Her extremely fitted suit never seemed to restrain any of her movements, and she somehow managed to accomplish all of this while wearing high heels. Fierce and strong yet still “ladylike”. How realistic! Cat Woman was basically a bunch of opposites combined together. Which is what we would sometimes call perfect, but is impossible in reality.
Female superheroes are often represented this way, but what about day-to-day female characters? We seem to judge older movies for having women with passive roles, but are they completely gone from our modern movie culture? The majority of the lead roles are male. In general, female characters tend to have less dialogue than male characters. To top it off, when they actually do talk, the subject often revolves around men…
Passive and focused on men, this seems to be society’s second description of perfection, which is once again not so realistic.
The movie industry keeps producing movies using these female models over and over again. I must admit, there have been some changes, but it does not change the fact that in general, the statistics remain pretty much the same. The movie industry keeps feeding us these ideas that we love to gobble up, without thinking twice about it. But as my mother always says: “You are what you eat.”. So how did this change us?
We tend to be more judgemental towards others and ourselves.
We tend to view women as too talkative (and what she is talking about probably isn’t that important).
Our society is already bombarded with images of ideals, thanks to the media and advertisers. Movies simply add more to the pile.
However, are we feeding back the industry in return? If we know the messages sent out are the wrong ones, why do we keep going back? Even though I know these images are all fiction and fake representation, I like to identify myself to them sometimes. I believe it is one of everyone’s guilty pleasures.
I chose this topic because I find it is a growing problem in our world. Just as feminism is growing, the media is growing twice as fast. It communicates to us the false idea that it is possible to be perfect. How could we ever be happy with ourselves if we could be “a little more like this” and “a little more like that”? Hence, I believe it is important to address the problem and try to understand it better.