I forgot to do this column last week, so it’ll be extra long this week. This time last year…
Yes, certainly back to the basic stereotype. Men resolve issues through physical means, while women rely on the mental. It rather reminds me of how women often say that there should be a woman president because she would be able to find a way to end war.
…Jennifer wrote about a rare representation of “fat” people as not just lazy overeaters which also featured the brutal reality of a little fat girl having not one single friend:
What impressed me about this episode was that Jessica literally had no friends.
See, in TV land, the truth must be sugar-coated. Fat or ugly children always have at least one friend, because it’s a Nice, Fair World, right?
But Chase accurately represents the opinion of most doctors and adults when it comes to overweight people. Despite growing research into disorders that cause incredibly sluggish metabolisms, people just enjoy blaming and judging overweight people. It’s the American way.
All in all, Jessica did all right for herself and for her family. I was impressed with her ability to cope and impressed that a movie so cheesy actually gave her the chance to be her own hero.
Everything was great until the end, when Jessica sees Ryan for the first time and she gives him a big hug of thanks for saving her life.
I don’t know if they were aiming for paternal/filial or loverly, but it sucked. They took a perfectly good platonic, respectful relationship and turned it into a woman-needs-protection relationship. Or worse; Hanks, Tatou and Howard didn’t even know they were doing it; it was just second nature to write an older male/younger female relationships as either paternal/filial or loverly. Either way, the woman gets looked after. Because she can’t look after herself.
Since Wings was produced before the Great Deconstruction of Strong Women which happened in the late 90s or early 00s, there were some female characters that didn’t come out of a box.
1) Why is taller better?
2) Why must we damage our feet, calves and backs (extensive wear of heels will do this) to appear this way?
3) WHY are short men not told to wear higher heeled shoes and skis on their feet to make them look taller?
I was never one to love romances much, but I was fascinated back then with arranged marriages and mail-order brides. That’s embarrassing for a budding feminist to admit, I have to say. I think maybe the idea of choice – even in such an important situation as marriage – was just so frightening to me at that point that I liked to fantasize about it being taken away and everything turning out alright anyway.
What does a girl do? Well, first off, she needs to escape and then walk around in just a sheet that has several close-ups of places where the sheet doesn’t manage to cover. I mean, you can’t not wake up in a sheet if you’re about to be eaten for dinner, right? Extra work for the bad guys, you know.