November 21, 2011, - 2:47 pm
The print edition of today’s Wall Street Journal features a section on its “CEO Council,” a gathering in which the Journal assembled “nearly 100 chief executives of large companies” to discuss major issues facing business, government, and the economy. And one of those “chief executives of large companies” was . . . has-been, left-wing actress Geena Davis? Huh?
Of what “large company” is Davis a chief executive? None. But she founded a silly feminist non-profit organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, to whine that women don’t get enough equal time on TV. I’m not sure which TV she’s talking about, since there are plenty of shows, from every girl show on Nickelodeon to “Cougartown” to the various Kardashian shows to “Jersey Shore” to “Revenge” to “The Good Wife,” to the various “Law and Order” shows all over TV, all dominated by women. And I’m also not sure how she gets that women don’t have equal time, since most shows feature either absentee fathers or–when they are present–dads who are louts, incompetent, stupid, and cheating. But the vacant Davis complains, “We are showing kids a really almost ’50s version of society.” Really? If only. Hey, wasn’t she on some dumb, failed show about the first female President? Didn’t it get canceled after just a few episodes because no one wanted to watch this man-hater pipe dream? Also, I guess she missed that movie called, “Thelma and Louise” (even though she poorly acted in it) . . . and all the unbelievable female superhero and kick-butt movies after that.
I’ve written about Davis and her dumb organization before (here and here). The name of the group has changed from the “See Jane Foundation,” but the BS is the same. It’s sad that the Wall Street Journal presents this moronette girl power pimp as some sort of major American business leader. But here’s her discussion with the Wall Street Journal and the CEOs of what she sees as THE major problem facing our country and economy today, which goes to show how out of touch these Hollywood bims truly are–worse than we’ve earlier diagnosed, with no cure in sight:
Everybody knows that in Hollywood, there are fewer interesting parts for women, and female characters are sexualized a lot. But what I didn’t know until I had a daughter and started watching G-rated movies with her was that we are showing kids a really almost ’50s version of society where there are far fewer female characters, and the ones that are there are highly stereotyped. They don’t get to do very much. They’re very much hypersexualized.
The first study we did on G-rated movies covered a 15-year span. We found that for every one female character, there are three male characters. In crowd scenes, there’s only 17% female characters, which is very strange.
We just completed a study on the occupations in G-rated movies and found that 80% of the jobs are held by male characters. And of the women who hold jobs, there are no scientists, medical professionals, lawyers, politicians, business executives.
Clearly, we’re transmitting a very disempowering and negative message about girls to kids.
What?! This woman is clearly an idiot. The majority of students in colleges and grad schools, medical schools, business schools, and law schools are WOMEN. Women earn more than men across America, when it comes to the same education and other credentials. Women are hired to the majority of spots in science, math, and engineering in academia. And those most affected by this bad economy and losing more of their jobs are MEN. Helloooooo . . .? Women couldn’t be more empowered.
Just ask any mother of young boys, who has to field endless aggressive, predatory phone calls and chasing from girls after their sons. Girls are more empowered than ever. And guys are now the chicks.
But if Geena Davis admitted to this troubling set of truths, she wouldn’t have anything to do these days. She’s not getting any acting jobs, and it has nothing to do with age. In fact, older women like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, are getting plenty of acting work. But unlike Davis, they can actually act.
No-one believes Davis’ silly, dated feminist con job? Or do they?
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