Originally created 09/25/01

Movie's portrayal of women demeaning

I just got back from seeing the movie The Fast and the Furious. I'd attempt to write a review of the film, but I honestly don't remember too much of it.

The one thing that stuck in my mind was how degrading the movie was to women.

Now, I'm well aware that this movie is aimed specifically at guys (how many chick flicks consist of fast cars, scantily clad women and profanity?). But that's not the point.

I'm not going to completely blame the makers of this film for their cheap portrayal of women, because these women chose to play these roles. The majority of the women in the movie didn't even have important roles. I'd say 98 percent of them were merely props, hanging all over the guys.

Why 98 percent? Because only two women in the entire film had speaking parts! Oh wait, I take that back - there was one other woman who allowed Ja Rule to feel her breast and said something like, "If you win the race, this will all be yours."

These women should have thought a little more before they decided to appear as dolls in this movie. I understand that some women are all right with being considered mere sex objects, but not me. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Gloria Steinem worked hard to get equality of the sexes. Why should we, instead of working to maintain it, just bring it back to where it began?

I don't understand how women can allow themselves to think that they are secondary to men. Some of us may be slightly weaker physically, but that doesn't mean we have to be labeled "the weaker sex" in every situation.

Don't get the wrong idea - I don't hate guys. In fact, I have a very serious relationship right now. And I don't think guys are to blame for the way women were portrayed in the movie - it's the females' fault for allowing it to happen. The way those girls acted in the movie could give younger girls a bad impression, just like other people ... cough ... cough ... Christina Aguilera ... cough ... cough.

Overall, some girls need to think more of themselves and stop believing that their purpose on Earth is to serve men.

Teen board member Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington, 15, is a sophomore at North Augusta High School.


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