This is a different post than usual, it’s not a review, but a post that will hopefully start some discussion. Last night I discovered some video essays about women in film and in the public eye – specifically Megan Fox and Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight. Here’s a link to both video essays by Lindsay Ellis:
Both videos have some very good points – especially the Megan Fox one, which is the one I want to focus on here. If you didn’t watch the video, it basically states that in the Transformers movies (or at least the first one) Megan Fox was probably one of the better developed, well-rounded characters in the movie – but no one recognizes or remembers that. Why? Well because when you watch the film you don’t remember what she was saying, but how she was shot on camera. Michael Bay, the director of the Transformers films has been criticized by many on the way he treats women in his films. Namely that he uses them and views them as objects, not as characters.
So some questions for you are what are some examples of women in film/TV/media that you remember the body of more than the actual character? For me, I would say Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – I don’t remember really a single thing of what that character does, although it may be true that she has no real importance to the movie, but she might have been and I was more focused on her body and looks than the character itself to realize that.
What are some ways we can combat objectification? I mean Michael Bay is still making Transformers movies and he still objectifies the women characters in those movies. Is there a way to reduce it in Hollywood? Or better yet in society?
And why are some actresses who are sexualized like Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street able to distance themselves from that and move onto more character driven projects like I, Tonya than say Megan Fox, who seemingly has disappeared after Transformers and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Interested to hear your thoughts!