Sweden’s New Feminist Movie Ratings

Sweden’s New Feminist Movie Ratings

I saw a post a few days ago that Sweden had added a feminist movie rating system, and I was thrilled. If you do not know about it, you can read it here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/feminist-movie-rating-system-introduced-in-sweden-1.2416473

To sum up, the rating says there must be two named women in the film and they must talk to each other about something other than men.

That’s great.

But then means All of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, The Avengers, and even Harry Potter except for one, fail the test.

Wait. What?

I think that is ridiculous. So if I see a movie with two women who talk about cooking, that is less gender bias then when Hermione saves Harry and Ron?

What about when Princess Leia rescues Han Solo from carbonite?

Or Black Widow who fights alongside the men, and even wins against Hawkeye when he’s controlled by Loki?

To me, I think it is about context, not just two women talking.

There are many good movies that do fit into Sweden’s new rating: Underworld, Aliens, The Matrix series, Terminator Judgment Day, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Kill Bill, The Fifth Element, and more.

However, there are other movies that would not pass like the ones mentioned above including, Salt, Lara Croft, Haywire, Wanted, and more.

Personally, I would rather watch Eowyn slay the Witch-King, saying “I am no man.” Then watch a movie about two women discussing how to sew a quilt.

Maybe that’s just me. What are your thoughts?


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