‘Woman to woman’ – what are we all talking about?

- Sexism rating for films:
At least two named women characters must talk to each other about something other than men for a film to receive the highest rating for gender equality in Sweden.

That doesn’t seem like much of a requirement – two women chatting (but not about men) somewhere within a story lasting ninety minutes or more – and yet a whole bunch of films fail: the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies.

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The women we see on our screens have a huge impact on us – it creates expectations for how women look, and behave, and the part that women play in life.  It would be great if our culture reflected who we are, but it doesn’t.  I don’t want my daughter to feel she has to be toned and gorgeous, a bit part to any man on the scene, or absent when there is any action.

 

Readers have asked me to collate a list of good books and films that provide inspiring role models for our growing girls.  Mothers in my current Girls Journeying Together group are compiling their suggestions, see comments below.

I welcome your suggestions for this list, saying why you like the book or film and what age you feel it would be suitable for – so we can co-create a resource for everyone.

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Posted on 14 December 2013
Musings: Parenting girls
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