Misogyny in the movies


It’s hardly a news flash that misogyny

is as American as, well, American Pie. Still, it’s refreshing

to stumble across a rant from a like-minded film fan to reassure myself

that I’m not the only one who didn’t find Knocked Up

charming and funny. Or cry a little when Jack Black hooked

up with Kate Winslet in The Holiday. Or, heaven

forbid, see myself on-screen in Renée

‘s boy-crazy, insecure Bridget


And so I bring you highlights

from a piece over at Radaronline.com, aptly entitled “No Country for Fat

Chicks,” a snarky roundup of some of the most misogynist movies of

the past decade. I’m just listing the past two years here, but here’s the rest of the article for your entertainment.

The 2007 prize for sexism goes

to Superbad.

Here’s Radar‘s reasoning: “Seth

is not cute. His cluelessness is not charming. He’s a cretin. And the

worst kind of cretin: a

cretin who is afraid of vaginas
.” It begs to be said: That

is just super bad.

A runner-up for 2007 was

Hostel: Part II

The author thanks Eli Roth

“for giving us naked Heather Matarazzo strung up by an evil

woman who slits her captive’s throat and then rubs the blood on her

tits. Sisterhood is powerful.” Unfortunately, so are evil lesbianish


Another gem from 2007:

Shoot ‘Em Up.


this one

Monica Bellucci is both the Madonna

and the whore. In the scene where she gives birth, Clive Owen

shoots off the baby’s umbilical cord, spraying her face with blood.

The winner of 2006 was

The Devil Wears Prada.

This one took honors for

Stanley Tucci‘s treatment of Anne Hathaway, and for spawning

a thousand reflections by male writers about one-dimensional bitchy

bosses on film.

2006 Runner-Up: John Tucker

Must Die.

This one I haven’t heard

of, even though it co-stars Ashanti, but it doesn’t

sound like I missed out. The plot has three teenage girls humiliating

a male heartbreaker by feeding him estrogen and making him wear panties.

Obviously, there’s nothing more humiliating than being female.

And another 2006 shout-out

went to My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Uma Thurman, whose superpowers

exceed the definitions of neurotic clinginess, gets dumped, and “crazy-bitch

hilarity ensues.”

Notable nominees in previous

years include Spike Lee‘s She Hate Me, for asking viewers

“to believe that a bunch of well-heeled lesbians would pay $10,000

to be impregnated the old-fashioned way and get off on it.”

And Reese Witherspoon‘s Sweet Home Alabama, a classic

in that very special “punish-the-career-woman” genre.

Is there anything you’d add

to the list?

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