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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2013-02-26 06:02 pm

The Oscars post.

I don't want to be one of those people who complains about the Oscars every year. But I've actually NEVER complained about the Oscars on my blog before, so I think it's about time I cashed in some of that restraint and indulged myself in a little Armchair Quarterback Kvetching this year. Because everybody needs to get a little bit of Armchair Quarterback Kvetching out of their system every once in a while.

To wit:

Seth McFarlane was boring at best, unfunny most of the time, misogynist at worst.

The media's treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis was horrid. I expected some level of badness, since she's black, female, and a child nominated in the Best Actress category, but I was totally unprepared for "I'll just call you Annie" and the Onion's twitter actually calling her a c*nt. Holy shit people. Is this really 2013? And this on top of everybody saying that she wasn't "really acting" in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Because children can't act or something. I suspect that at least half the people criticizing her for "not acting" never even saw Beasts of the Southern Wild in the first place.

Argo was the only one of the Best Picture nominees that I felt didn't deserve to be nominated, so of course it won.

And goddamit, I really did enjoy Brave on a lot of levels, but Wreck-It Ralph was a superior film in nearly every way. Including from a feminist perspective. And that is really saying something.

I think I would have liked Brave a heckuva lot more if it hadn't been marketed and praised as some great feminist film or whatever. As a beautiful piece of animation it's great, and as an adventure story it's great, but as a feminist narrative it just falls right the fuck apart if you really start to think about it, and with that on top of all of the sexism that went on behind the scenes it's just ugh. I'm tired of "feminist" stories that denigrate femininity and (intentionally or not) enforce the idea that the only way for women to be strong/free/happy is for them to be more like men because things like bravery and bodily autonomy and wanting to change your fate are somehow inherently masculine. Somehow.

Welp. Glad I got that out of my system.
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[personal profile] imorca 2013-02-27 01:02 am (UTC)(link)
I haven't seen BRAVE, but I'm wondering if I've seen an example that was able to tell a story that didn't tip this balance either one way or the other - reinforcing masculine and feminine as a binary that works as a zero-sum game, one always wins at the loss of the other. And especially if we are talking about models for femininity. I'm not sure the I've ever been satisfied with a mainstream film portrayal that didn't either alienate those women who might orient themselves more closely with "traditionally" feminine qualities/values, or alienate those women who might orient themselves more close with "traditionally" masculine qualities/values - and just confuse or not relate to a whole bunch of people in between. This might have to do with my age setting my sensitivities, but I still perceive that I get many more messages that tell me my strengths, interests, talents, and choices make me not-woman than messages that tell me that traditional femininity is oppressive. (To be clear, I certainly don't think culture is some kind of % game we calculate. It's just an observation, as I said, that may be revealing about the difference in how things like age influence the differences between feminists' perspectives.)
Edited 2013-02-27 01:03 (UTC)
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[personal profile] imorca 2013-02-27 01:48 am (UTC)(link)
Sure. I wouldn't disagree with any of the general premises of your description. WiR is probably the better comparison, in terms of the possibilities of storytelling, because it has the same limitations of medium that Brave did - both are films. MLP has the seriality and duration of a television series over which to demonstrate and develop so many characters, and thus can spread out and diversify in different ways. There is also an interesting parallel, again, to age that runs in the description between mother and daughter characters as you describe them. I'm not trying to make any specific point, since of course I haven't seen it. I just found it interesting that it showed up, and thought it might be potentially thought provoking.

(Just as a note, I figured you might use MLP as your "alternative" example ^_^. Also as a side note, I'm watching my DVR'd episode of The Following right now. hehehe.)
Edited 2013-02-27 01:51 (UTC)
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[personal profile] imorca 2013-02-27 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
Quibble is one of the BEST words. Ever.