Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wimp Out

Johann Hari, commentator/columnist for London's The Independent has written a terrific post about today's societal views of women.

He makes a fairly valid case for the wimping out of American women.

He surely didn't compute Texas women into the equation, however. We may be a lot of things, but wimpy ain't one of 'em. (Not most of us anyway...)


bill said...

In "real" life, I don't know whether women are less strong than they were 50 or 60 years ago or not.

However on the screen, I think that women appear less strong, and I think it has to do with the kinds of pictures being made and the audience for those pictures.

A huge proportion of today's movies are made with the adolescent male as the intended audience. I don't have statistics to back this up but I believe the movie audience 60 years ago was older and more mature. I suspect it also skewed higher on a "socio-economic" scale.

joared said...

I agree with Bill's observation re who movies are made for today compared to the audiences of yesteryear.

I'm not sure I agree with the columnist's view about American women wimping out. Most of the women I know are pretty strong with more men able to appreciate them.

There still are a lot of men and women who are threatened or jealous, I guess, by strong women. A year ago I wrote that this country would elect a man of any color before they would ever vote in a woman as president. I believe this is still true, H. Clinton, or whoever else.

tracy said...

Love, love, love Bette Davis!

The article was good. I agree with the guys up there regarding womens' roles in movies nowadays. I also disagree with some of the columnist's views about american women wimping out; I have not known many wimpy women.

As for Hillary, I know she and Bill are refuted by many because of special interest groups, previous questionable scandalous issues, yada, yada...
But, I believe the number one reason Hillary is taking a lot of heat in the media at present, has nothing to do with her past mistakes, her present exagerations, or whether she is too teary or not teary enough. I believe men, and sadly, some women as well, are feeling awfully threatened by Hillary's strength and intelligence.

Jeff said...

I have become a great admirer of the women of Texas .... both those that were born here, and those that got here as fast as they could ..... I know more than a few that are making and advancing careers in the most macho of boys' clubs, the oil-and-gas industry ..... nothing wimpy about them.