I am part of the generation born after the second wave of the feminist movement. I have an extreme amount of pride for my generation. We have achievements and opportunities that our grandmothers and great grandmothers would have not even considered. But as I pointed out in my post about International Women’s Day, we still have a long way to do. For every one step we have made going forward, we have gone back two steps.
Case in point, two movie trailers:
The first, for the upcoming movie reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Back in the day, TMNT was one of the best cartoons on television. To this day, I can still sing the theme song. April, the female lead, was strong, independent and part of the group. No different than her mutant male counterparts.
In this trailer, April, played by Megan Fox, upon meeting two of the turtles, appears to faint.
The second movie trailer is the sequel to Captain America. Returning to role of The Black Widow is Scarlett Johansson. The Avengers was one of the best super hero movies of recent memory. A huge plus for the movie was that the Black Widow was just simply one of the Avengers. She was not a love interest, she was not a damsel in distress. She had no problems taking care of herself.
In this trailer, for reasons that will be revealed when the movie opens in theaters next weekend, The Black Widow is unconscious and has to be carried to safety by Captain America.
I had hoped that by 2014, the movie industry would not still be writing females as fainting and unconscious damsels in distress who must be carried away by the male hero.
One step forward, two steps back.