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A movie critic quantifies and grades the new films of 2015 on how well they represent half the human race (that is: girls and women).
A movie critic quantifies and grades the new films of 2015 on how well they represent half the human race (that is: girls and women).
A movie critic quantifies and grades the new films of 2015 on how well they represent half the human race (that is: girls and women).
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Where Are the Women? (A Feminist Protest in Film Criticism)

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Where are the women in movies? They're standing aside, even when they're awesome, so that they can support men being even more awesome and saving the world, etc.

If women even get some space in a movie at all, that is.

As a lifelong lover of movies and a film critic with 17+ years experience, I'm pretty damn tired of this.

We hear a lot of general chatter about how poorly girls and women are represented on the big screen. Now it's time to quantify it.

Each week, from January through March 2015, I'll rank and rate three major releases -- Hollywood films, significant indies, films we're all talking about -- for their representation of girls and women. Kind of like the Bechdel Test, but bigger and more nuanced.

You can see my proposed criteria and scores at FlickFilosopher.com, the online home for my film criticism; please feel free to comment on them and suggest others. And check out sample ratings and scores (also at FlickFilosopher.com) for Interstellar, Nightcrawler, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and The Maze Runner.

At the same time, I'll also compile a list of the year's new cinema releases ranked by the score they achieve on my test, from best representation of girls/women to worst.

I have stretch goals in mind, including grading more films each week and extending the project period to as long as the whole of 2015. So please support this project if it's important to you that we see more girls and women represented realistically onscreen, as people with hopes and dreams, aspirations and adventures of their own, and not merely as adjuncts to boys and men. 

Thanks for your support. I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions!

STRETCH GOALS!

$7,500: If pledges reach this amount, I’ll rate and rank five films each week (up from three films).

$10,000: If pledges reach this amount, I’ll rate and rank five films each week for six months (up from three films per week for three months).

And if pledges start to get really crazy in these last few days, I’ve got more stretch goals in mind.

MORE STRETCH GOALS!

This is madness, but why not?

$15,000: If pledges reach this amount, I’ll rate and rank five films each week for nine months.

$20,000: If pledges reach this amount, I’ll rate and rank five films each week for the entire year.

Risks and challenges

I've been writing about movies on the web and in print for more than 17 years. If I haven't gotten discouraged already by the lack of female representation onscreen, I probably won't now. But there's always a small chance that quantifying and grading films will get me so depressed that I cannot continue. But I suspect it will only make me angrier and more determined.

My hand might cramp up while I'm writing thank-you postcards, but I can soldier through that.

Basically, I do not anticipate any significant (or even insignificant) obstacles during the course of this project. But I have always been directly accessible and responsive to my readers, and that will not change. If and when I encounter obstacles -- or if and when readers and supporters come to me with problems or issues -- I will address them immediately.

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    I'll review any classic female-centric film of your choice from a feminist perspective (subject to availability and reasonableness -- no porn!), with a note included that the review is sponsored by you. Plus all the rewards from the lower levels. (Delivery date may change if funding above the final amount allows me to extend the project period.)

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    A 15-minute Skype chat with me, at our mutual convenience, to discuss any movie you like, or movies in general. Plus all the rewards from the lower levels.

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