Mary Sue Goes Mainstream

A Lord of the Rings discussion in the forum got me thinking about a shortcut certain male filmmakers try to take in presenting strong women, and why they don’t satisfy us. It’s a technique that’s more common to science fiction and fantasy than other genres, but it is used elsewhere. It’s a really simple formula: […]

“I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!” TV/Film Myth #5 about Women

All women have maternal instincts. First of all, if you’re one of those people who actually sincerely believe that, I have a public service announcement: for the sake of all that’s holy, people, do not trust your children to just any animal on two legs possessing two X-chromosomes. Humans don’t have genetic memory, folks. Neither […]

“Marry me!” TV/Film Myth #3 about Women

All women want to get married, and will eventually pressure their poor boyfriends about it. You’ve seen it before, right? Marisa Tomei’s character in My Cousin Vinny knows more about cars than any of the guys, and saves the day in the end. And yet her biggest struggle – the one she whines about throughout […]

“Must…Have…Baby!” TV/Film Myth #2 about Women

All women feel at least some urge to have babies at some point. I’d speculate that most people want to have kids at some point – men and women. And that’s even taking into account the vast numbers of people who probably really don’t want kids, but have been brainwashed into thinking they do, because… […]

“My Ideal Wedding…” TV/Film Myth #1 about Women

Myth: All little girls fantasize about their wedding days. How’s this for nuts? Even though I was never a big Friends fan, I felt let-down by an episode in which Monica had to pick up a wedding dress for her sister-in-law-to-be, and she, Rachel and Phoebe spent most of the rest of the episode parading […]

Weddings, Marriage and Babies – Oh My!

There are four five myths TV and film seem determined to push, and over the next few days, I’m going to take a light-hearted look at each of them in detail. And not necessarily in this order (being female, and therefore prone to change my mind on a whim): • All females have elaborate fantasies […]