Welcome to Ladies through the Lens, a blog that takes its feminist glasses to the movies to look at how films of all genres represent women.
I’m not here to judge the quality of a film, or how enjoyable it is, but to think about how it presents its female characters, and its perspective on women in general. That’s not to say that this is something most filmmakers are thinking about when making their movies, or something that they’re interested in. Quite the opposite, in fact. My aim is to take note of how a film unwittingly presents the opinions society has about women, so that we can begin to see and challenge normalized perceptions and stereotypes that go unnoticed.
No one is asking you to abandon trashy action films, ditch the cheesy rom-coms, and limit your film intake to those that offer a healthy portrait of women. As anyone who has ever tried to do that will tell you, you will be stuck watching the same five movies over and over. Film is a form of entertainment as well as an art, so keep enjoying your favourites. However, I also hope that this blog will encourage you to consider not only if you liked a film, but what it’s telling you about women.
Many heads are better than one when it comes to detangling and debunking these messages, so please join the debate and follow, comment, tweet and share your thoughts.