Saturday, November 27, 2010

Feminists berate Hollywood for portraying women as helpless victims, but insist that is what women are in the bedroom

Ever notice that when the subject of Hollywood comes up, every feminist becomes a film industry marketing guru?  They are quick to insist that the motion picture industry would better prosper if producers, who are overwhelmingly male, stopped pumping out more of the same fare that, they say, promotes traditional gender roles and reinforces patriarchal stereotypes.

They bemoan films with clever and adventurous male leads and passive female eye candy. Women, they insist, should not be portrayed as helpless pawns, waiting to be rescued by the handsome prince; women should be given roles where they are doers, not victims -- where they can throw punches, kick male butt, crush testicles, and overwhelm evil.  If only there were more female -- you fill in the blank here -- directors/leading roles/Hollywood power brokers, films not only would do bigger box office but also provide worthy role models for our daughters. 

You see, Hollywood producers need the feminists to save them from their testosterone-induced myopia and to more accurately portray reality in their films.

Now, on the other hand, when the subject of alleged date rape comes up, all of those lofty empowering sentiments go sailing out the window.  Anyone who dares to suggest that women who freely choose to drink and have sex are anything other than passive and helpless pawns, anyone who has the temerity to suggest that alcohol laden women are free moral agents capable of making decisions for themselves, is a misogynist and a rape apologist.  In the bedroom, women are not doers but victims --damsels in distress more helpless than the most passive Disney princess.

When it comes to the subject of so-called date rape, feminists don't just wallow in victimhood, they splash, leap and cavort in it.

And, no, I am not excusing rapists of their crimes, even a little.  But there's a hell of a difference between the guy who slips a roofie in his date's drink and the couple that mutually drinks to excess and mutually decides, in their mutually reduced state of consciousness, to have sex.  The roofie scenario is as rare as the latter scenario is common. 

The fact is, far too many young women regard alcohol as a magic elixir that not only lowers their inhibitions but absolves them of personal responsibility for whatever they freely choose to do.  Men are afforded no such absolution even when women are the instigators, and too often, must carry the brand of "rapist" for the rest of their lives for decisions women freely made.

Instead of bellyaching that the entertainment industry unfairly portrays women as helpless pawns, feminists would do well to teach young women that they need to change that perception, and that
they aren't empowered by pretending they are powerless.