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How to Identify and Avoid Feminist Movies and Shows

by Ryan
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There is nothing quite as annoying as purchasing and launching a film on Netflix or Amazon Prime, only to discover halfway through the film that you’ve just stumbled upon feminist propaganda promoting ideas of gender-hatred and violence toward men.

Thankfully, there are common threads in these films that you can spot from the trailers. Once you can identify these clues, you can avoid these movies and TV shows entirely.

The following are 7 elements of hate-based feminist films you can use to bypass this media and opt for something more entertaining and with less gender bias.

1. Cliche Male Stereotypes

One of the easiest ways to spot a film that creates a setup scenario for anti-male hatred is any that has a silly caricature – an over-the-top sexist male who blatantly makes sexist comments in front of everyone.

Sexist Boss from What Men Want

Usually the character is the stereotypical wealthy white male — one of the favorite villains used by feminist directors. Unlike the vast majority of men in society, the character walks around with a stupid John Wayne swagger, pinching asses and hitting on anything female that breathes. This might be how feminists would like to paint a picture of a “typical” man, but that isn’t reality.

In fact, reality shows that male bosses aren’t typically sexist — most male leaders in today’s companies strive hard to create an inclusive and rewarding work environment for all employees. Company leaders establish entire teams to promote and measure diversity efforts throughout the company. These are supported and promoted by managers – both male and female – throughout those companies. Are there sexist managers? Sure – there are some of both genders in nearly every company, but they aren’t the norm.

In fact a Forbes article highlighted a study that examined a bank where 44% of branch managers were women and found no difference in where women at the company landed on the wage scale and other typical measures of gender bias. This shows that by and large sexism and gender bias is a rarity these days, even though so many movies like to highlight those cases as a way to villainize male bosses in general.

The only point of these characters in movies like this is to develop a perfect villain that the lead female characters in the film can somehow “take down”. Sometimes this involves financial destruction, but more often it involves forms of violence that would be considered disgusting if the genders were reversed.

The most common cliche male stereotypes (again where cases of these men in the real world are exceedingly rare today) used in these films include:

  • Sexist boss
  • Abusive spouse or boyfriend, usually also a drunk
  • Mean ex-husband, either physically or emotionally abusive
  • A loud-mouthed high school or college jock who objectifies women

If you spot any of these types of unrealistic characters in the trailer, opt for a different film. Preferably one based in reality and that represents male (and female) characters more realistically.

2. An Over-Sexualized Violent Woman

One of the most common anti-male films that’s wildly popular among directors these days (especially male feminist directors) is the over-sexualized violent women who attacks countless men throughout the film.

The director typically casts the character as some stereotypically attractive women who has magical martial arts abilities, and superhuman strength beyond a typical woman. She can take out an entire room of men with a single pistol, with each man standing in place and waiting for his turn to die. Que the ever-present groin shots. Can’t leave those out.

These films are nothing more than a glorification of female-on-male violence. You will rarely see the heroine hurting or killing another woman, and you’ll most certainly never see any male in the film doing so. If an evil female villain in the film needs to be dealt with, it’ll be the female character who does it.

For all of the promotion of dismissing traditional gender roles these films claim to portray, they certain won’t touch the traditional expectation that requires good men to never hit women, even bad women. And they certainly do nothing to stop the obsession with female physical appearance.

The most common clues you can spot in a trailer to filter out these films include:

  • An extremely attractive woman holding any kind of lethal weapon (typically aimed at men)
  • Fight scenes that show the female lead only hurting, maiming, or shooting men
  • Sexist, anti-male comments made by the character or by the voice-over
  • Film promotion that involves “girl power” or “woman power” memes

3. A Sexually Assaulted Female Character

There is a sick obsession in Hollywood around creating an entire genre of films known as “revenge films”. The plots are always empty and straightforward. Sexist directors like Carlie Fargeat follow the same, tired pattern in these types of films.

During the first half of the film, the female lead is harassed and eventually sexually assaulted by one or more men. The second half of the film is essentially the same character just shooting, torturing, or maiming those men.

Matilda Lutz in Revenge

There might be some Freudian reason there are so many psychologically troubled directors who focus so much on the one crime that makes up only about 8% of overall violent crime. It’s also the only violent crime that affects more women than men.

Even though there are more male victims of over 90% of all other violent crime, the traditional expectation to value female health and life above male life and health makes it second-nature for directors to portray this crime as more horrific than any other. Not that sexual assault isn’t horrific, but then shouldn’t there be similar films about other horrific crimes – especially those that are far more common?

Why are there no films about boys who are abused by their mothers, celebrated for getting revenge against her in the end? This would be an appropriate plot considering that according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, mothers acting alone are the most common perpetrators of child abuse.

“Nearly 40.0 percent (39.4%) of victims are maltreated by a mother acting alone and 21.5 percent of victims are maltreated by a father acting alone.”

And the majority of those victims (in terms of deaths) are young boys, entrusted to her care.

“Boys have a higher child fatality rate than girls; 2.87 per 100,000 boys in the population, compared with 2.19 per 100,000 girls in the population.”

Given the very clear evidence that there’s an obvious problem with fatal maternal violence against young boys, it would be just as appropriate to create a film that celebrates one of those boys surviving their fate and exacting revenge against an evil, violent mother. Where are these films?

We’ll never see such a film – because only female violence against men is celebrated in the media. Especially when the directors are feminist – male or female.

4. A Battered Wife or Girlfriend

One of the most exhausted plotlines in existence is the battered wife or girlfriend. Many of the more compelling films on this topic came out in the 1970’s and 1980’s which captured the complexities of violence in relationships far better than modern films.

The films portrayed domestic violence realistically, not painting the abusers entirely as inhuman monsters or victims as angelic saints – but instead provided all of the terrible drama that rips apart many relationships. Things like violent tempers on both sides, infidelity of either person, the turmoil caused by family members, and more.

Films like The Color Purple and Raging Bull were only two examples of films that helped bring awareness to the public about the social ills caused by violence in relationships. They also celebrated victims escaping their situation by leaving and embarking on new, happy lives – not promoting violence.

Starting in the 1990s, once more feminist directors indoctrinated into modern-day anti-male feminist dogma started wielding cameras, these films were no longer realistic, balanced, or even very creative. Plotlines started following the same cookie-cutter plotline as the one before: Innocent woman beaten by obnoxious, evil male – woman plots some form of revenge – woman kills, murders, or maims said husband.

The topic is no longer balanced or realistic – instead it simply always portrays men as the perpetrators and women as innocent victims; this, despite growing evidence showing that women are perpetrators in over 40% of domestic violence cases, and that police and the media largely ignore those cases.

The reason movie directors ignore those cases, of course, is they wear “patriarchy” blinders, and so they are incapable of seeing the very real male victims – and fail to tell those victim’s stories in a compassionate way. If they ever do introduce female violence, they almost always paint the abuser in a sympathetic light; and certainly the victim never enjoys any form of revenge like films with female victims portray.

So, at least for now, we have no choice but to scan the trailer and reviews for elements of domestic violence in films, and avoid watching the film entirely. At least until Hollywood changes their anti-male ways.

5. A Group of Divorced Women

Ask any honest divorce lawyer and they’ll tell you that biased family courts more often award custody of children to women, divorce courts usually award alimony or spousal support to women, and are more likely to be awarded the house and most of the property.

Watch any film featuring divorced women and you’ll see countless jokes about this fact, with the female characters relishing their privilege in being able to essentially destroy men through divorce.

These films typically feature one or more divorced women seeking some form of revenge against their ex-husband. Again, the ex-husband is rarely a realistic character – he’s more often some cardboard misogynist without any inkling of humanity or personality. This is, of course, so that you feel no sympathy for him as the women destroy his property, his life, and often even his health.

It’s often a disgusting portray of misandry on film – celebrating anti-male themes for the sake of entertainment. This is almost always the plotline in any film that involves a group of divorced women – so if you see this in the trailer or the screening sites, just avoid them entirely. They’re only entertaining for sexist, hateful women and the men out there who hate themselves.

6. Men Murdered by Women

Any time a film features murder of men committed by women, it’s always portrayed as sympathetic to the female murderer. As with other films in this list, the first half of these films are spent developing a stereotypical terrible male character without any redeeming qualities. This is done only to generate hate in the audience for the character so that when the murder is finally committed, the entire audience has a whole litany of excuses for why she was justified.

One of the best examples of this is the movie Monster, a film countless feminist media outlets portray as a film showing what happens to a woman “marred by patriarchal abuse”, as Beatrice Loayza wrote for BloodyDisgusting.com.

Yet the film is one of the most disgusting examples of how filmmakers will create sympathy for any female that commits atrocious crimes. Films with male murderers (like BTK) only highlights the atrocities and don’t at all dive into the man’s childhood or reasons he might have been traumatized. They don’t attempt to explore cause – but instead villainize the character. Films about female murderers almost always attempt to explore excuses for her atrocious behavior; trying to build sympathy for the murderer rather than focus on the evil and inexcusable nature of her crimes.

The real world woman Monster tries to create sympathy for, in real life, abandoned her own children, initiated incest with her brother, constantly initiated fights at a local bar and was jailed for assault, physically abused her first husband who had to get a restraining order against her, was arrested for disturbing the peace and assault on a bartender, arrested for drunk driving, arrested for armed robbery, arrested for attempting to pass forged checks, arrested for car theft, pulled weapons on multiple people to steal from them… all characteristics of a person who – if she was male – most people would say represents just about the most evil, hateful human being one could possibly meet.

Yet, feminists both in and out of Hollywood manage to find excuses to excuse her evil, which they would never do for any man who had lived an identical life. The kneejerk reaction of not only feminists but society itself is to bend over backwards to excuse or rationalize bad female behavior. This is an symptom of decades of traditional indoctrination around the “sugar and spice” concept of all girls and women.

And this is what they do in nearly any film that features truly evil female characters – real or fictional – who kill, maim, and hurt innocent people. So if you see a trailer with a female killer of any sort, avoid it unless you want to endure the inevitable sympathy building of a sexist, anti-male director. Not to mention a sexist actress willing to portray her in such a light.

7. All-Female Remakes

You have to love the new anti-male Hollywood culture that seeks to eradicate anything male that ever existed on film. Whether it’s Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 8, and What Men Want, the idea is the same. Hollywood is running out of ideas and they appear the think the woke Twitter crowd represents what all of America wants to see on film.

Each film is simply part of a modern approach across all of society to exclude men. Apparently the answer to past sexism, is to become sexist yourself.

Christian Butler of Spiked said it best when he wrote:

“Those wishing to champion the representation of women in cinema should promote original, challenging material, not the lazy co-option of tired old franchises that most of us thought had died long ago. We shouldn’t put up with formulaic remakes from men, and we shouldn’t tolerate it from women either. How’s that for equality?”

This is likely a fad that will fade once those who are promoting it in Hollywood realize that there’s more money in being diverse, not in promoting just a new form of gender and racial exclusion.

So, if you want to promote diversity in Hollywood and in the films they produce – you should now have no problem spotting these sexist films, and boycotting them.

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