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Interactive Writing: The Female Factor Interactive Writing: The Female Factor
by Jane Eagle
2007-05-21 08:07:58
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Listen carefully, guys and gals… Miss Daisy, Rosemary, Dorothy Gale, Scarlett O'Hara, Amelie, Minnie Mouse, Sugar Kane, Mary Poppins, Rebecca… din din, find the connection, please.

1. Ok, yes they’re all women (as far as we can tell – until today I’ve had no vague idea what bra-fillings and make-up can do for confused boys, I mean have you seen the travesty of Eurovision – god my eye!), now… this can’t be a decent sentence, hahahaha! That was the longest parenthesis-intermission I’ve ever written – I’m sad and proud / always controversial because of my sex.

2. Anyway, apart from the female factor, our girls share the same home. Surprised? It’s kinda like a monastery with the exception of the “men allowed” sign, and the one above “phoney (not always) sex allowed”. In case you’re interested, an invite to their house is a six euro ticket and you’re in - big room, lots of seats and a big screen at the center of your attention. Still not interested? Did I mention popcorn? Oh now, I’m talking huh?

The “screen” is actually a protection sheet behind which their special girly lives are taking place (this innovation basically saved Elvis - imagine if there hadn’t been cinemas in his time and he’d perform on a stage theater on a daily basis; girls would tear him apart, he’d die so young and painful, instead of just young and miserable; “I got a finger, what about you Gigi, I don’t see you holding anything!” “Oh Betty, I was late, the only part left for me was his belly button”) - again with a large parenthesis; someone call that guy from Guinness.

The sheet is also transparent, so you can watch them act (they all happen to be of those lasses that like others watching them, “Oh honey, don’t take the dog outside…I don’t mind!”).

3. Last, but not least, is similarity. They’re all fabulous. Asa asked me who I believe is the best. [Asa: Who is cinema’s greatest female character?] Tough call I must say. Because…

Oy, here we go: It is taken for granted that men dominate the cinema as well as the world. However, there are a lot of lovely, merely amazing figurines in feature film history. And now I have to pick one and say she is my favourite female cinematic character. But no I can’t, I am unable to, disabled is the most correct word, disabled to singularize.

These women are not far different from that hybrid singer who walked on the Eurovision set all feathery and pink. The majority of successful movies are filmed by men. Rosemary is actually an embodied thought out of Polanski’s head, Hitchcock liked his girls blonde, Mary Poppins must have been a dream of the little boy inside Robert Stevenson. You may say that the actresses purify their characters by irrigating their performance with genuine femininity, but we all know actors just follow their superior orders unless they’re the exception, meaning some nut job called Johnny Depp or Marlon Brando.

All our drama queens followed male instructions on how to be women before a camera, they’ve been told how a woman feels, how a woman kisses, blinks, walks, how a woman hugs her child or combs her braids, they’ve been told by a man. I’d be so wrong though if I wouldn’t believe that male filmmakers do a great job on the depiction of the female soul, yet… do they?

Now I’m confused, am I right or wrong?

Since cinematic art is always showing the perception of a woman as conceived by the son of Adam, can HE be wrong about HER? Has art misunderstood thus far? Plus, how much does that complicate a gal’s behaviour? Have you ever noticed that girls on films don’t fart – I’ve only heard one lady farting on a Medem’s film, it actually sounded so feminine!

“Girls don’t fart” is a common tagline of society and it really seems unfair – why do they get to do it more? The example was rough yet right to the point: Movies influence persons from their early development to the infinitive. Movie idols are not called “idols” for nothing. Millions of girls will try to place themselves into a fictional lady’s strappies craving for the same happy ending. Men, on the other side of the coin, reflect their fantasies on films, their dreams, their thoughts, they won’t get into a woman’s position ever, but they’ll demonstrate their view of how a woman is (or should be).

A couple of years ago I noted this: The majority of directors are men; the majority of casting directors are women. We all accept equality among the sexes. Also we should accept differentiation among the sexes as well. Perhaps men are creative in filmmaking, and women just suck at it – most female movies are so unbalanced and no, that wasn’t the point of the film, but the flaw.

Apparently women are better in choosing the right actor for a certain part. The mouse trap however (life’s a bitchy cat so there’s always a mouse trap) is that inspired men get into our televisions, our minds, our souls disguised in pictures and sometimes mutate the way we think or feel. How silly is it, woman, to shape your looks according to a man’s creation?

Consider this: "Sex & the City", the national hymn esp. for New York’s single women, was a man’s work, Darren Star. Cool! A main theme for my next article just hit me: Why people tend to “mime” fictional characters and adapt their lives to a TV show/movie sequence of distinguished events?

Anyway initially the task was about choosing. Rethinking the matter I’m positively sure I won’t get away without just picking one female character so I’ll just go with Bon Bon, Johnny Depp’s character in Before Night Falls. Ah, his grimaces while pulling stuff out of his private stash… stuff - I say- out of his private stash, I’m winking for those who know what I’m talking about, hehe.

(Wouldn’t it be fun if I’d added to the title: …without a she-male in it. How vulgar!)

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Asa2007-05-21 08:14:19
Thanks for answering my question.

Actually, the article reminds me of another that I wrote a long time ago about female villains:
www.ovimagazine.com/art/59


Jane E.2007-05-21 17:43:40
Thanks for making a question, Asa :)

Yet my title is different... The authentic is "This is a man's cinema but it would be nothing". Without this title the last sentence of the article makes no sense...:(


Asa2007-05-21 18:07:03
Far too long!


Asa2007-05-21 18:07:47
Actually, I think 'the female factor without a she-male in it' still makes sense!


Jane E.2007-05-21 18:25:24
"Female factor without a shemale in it?" Hmmm, quite untruthful to my article...

I'll add it to my pro con list though: long titles-huge con, Jane...:p


Asa2007-05-21 18:53:30
Okay, here is another question:

Are pro/con lists a pro or a con to society?


Jane E.2007-05-21 20:29:38
Hmmm, tricky...


nemo2007-05-22 21:23:00
that's a different view on the idea of insufficiently drawn female personas at the movies.


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