Maria recently linked to an excellent negative review of Sex and the City 2 which thoroughly takes apart the movie’s offensively ignorant spin on Muslim culture and accurately refers to the four stars as “mock feminists.” But as Melissa Silverstein points out, many reviews of SATC2 have engaged in misogyny to make the same (or lesser) points:
But what has been so profound to me has been the release of a pent up torrent of misogyny against women and this film has just been a vehicle for that misogyny to be revealed. Because films allow — and in fact require — critical responses this has seemed to be an invitation to be as mean as possible. And it’s come from everywhere. From men from women, and from people who are usually progressive about issues and ideals.
The Guardian agrees:
The women/actresses/characters/whatever are old, ugly inside and out, bitches, lewd sluts, whores, venal, selfish, haggard, vulgar, self-pitying, neurotic “girls”. These are all words from the reviews.
Given the critical bile on offer, you would think that Sex and the City 2 had been made by a convicted rapist such as Roman Polanski, a famous misogynist such as Lars Von Trier (the plot of all his films: brutalised woman suffers), featured a convicted rapist such as Mike Tyson in The Hangover or depicted women being grateful for hate-filled violent sex before being murdered, such as Michael Winterbottom’s acclaimed The Killer Inside Me. Yet none of these films, even when reviewed badly, attracted any of the sizzling contempt reserved for Sex and the City.
When you make a terrible movie featuring men, the problem is that the movie sucked, not that men suck. When you make a terrible movie featuring women, the problem is that women suck. It’s these subtle ingrained thought patterns that make it so impossible for women to fix the film industry from within. You just can’t win when every mistake relating to your career in any sense reflects not only on you, but on every woman and girl in the species.