Day 22- How movies teach manhood

I have a feature film idea. There’s a female protaganist and she has many female friends who she speaks to in the movie. But the topic of the majority of her conversations? Love and the men she’s obsessing over.     
In real life, women talk about everything. With my friends, I discuss, in a non-exhaustive order- brunch, news, sport, wine, clothes, music, films, ideas, writing, books, work, family, friends. I know, this may surprise the men out there writing films. Because female protaganists don’t sell. Overall, the portrayal of women in the movies is wrong. According to Colin Stokes proud dad and director of communications for Citizen Schools, this needs to change.     
When his daughter was four, Stokes watched, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with her. Some key points of this film include the fact the main character and most others are female, the protaganist is strong and ultimately a good example; she wins her battles through making friends rather than guys fighting. Several years later they saw ‘Star Wars.’ This time, he also had a three year old son. The differences? In ‘Star Wars’ Luke fights a heap of guys and there’s very little female action apart from when he gets his reward, i.e., the girl! Did his son pick up on the themes of courage and perseverence- or simply that the world is full of dudes?!     
Is this political correctness a step too far? I doubt it. Some other facts;  
– Pixar, the only studio NEVER to produce a flop, this year produced, ‘Brave’ with a female heroine. It was slated by many for being a ‘princess movie.’
– 11 out of the 200+ best movies of 2011 had female protaganists.
– The Bechdel Test examines the female friendliness of a movie. There are three questions. 1) Are there at least 2 women?      2) Do they talk to each other?      3) Is their conversation about anything other than boys? At the moment, my concept failed. Then again, Argo completely flunked. The male characters have deep and meaningful chats while their wives poke heads in doors and ask politely if they’re coming to bed. Is this all we can come up with?!     
Writers write, directors direct, producers produce ideas that sell. Stokes suggests this simple test; next time you rent a movie, seek out the female protaganists, the heroines who show a good example, nudge your sons to follow this lead. As he says, girl power won’t protect us when boys are using boy power.


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