The Women Empowerment in film: Are there any boundaries?

In the wake of the news of the new Doctor Who being cast by a woman for the first time in the tv show’s history, I couldn’t help but wonder – are there any boundaries in today’s world for the Women Empowerment movement? And aren’t we perhaps going a little too far?

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Please, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for equality. I do believe women should be paid the same money, have the same opportunities and all that. And I also believe women are more capable than men (sorry, I really do). Are we treated the same way though? No. Especially, if you’re a beautiful woman, people just tend to look down on you even more.

Women have it harder in life, that’s a fact. And even in history, we had to fight for our rights for pretty much everything. And looking at what’s happening in the US nowadays, with their new president (god, do I really have to call him that way?!) I am all for the Women Empowerment movement.

But… aren’t we crossing the line a little bit here? Didn’t we forget what this is all about?

I’m not a Doctor Who fan, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full episode in my life, but my good friends are fans (big fans!), and I could see the rage this news caused among them. One of them said, and I quote him: ‘I just feel like they’re jumping on the whole over-the-top women rights thing that’s going on at the moment.’

Honestly, I agree.

Yes, I’m a woman. Yes, I do believe in all that I’ve said above. I really really do. But this is really getting a little out of proportions if you ask me. And I myself, being a woman, am starting to be a little fed up with this whole thing..

I do believe women can do anything they set their minds to and that men are not superior to us and never should be considered so. I will never understand a society that doesn’t treat men and women the same.

But I also believe we still need men in this world. That there are certain things men are better at – and vice versa. That one simply can’t exist without the other. But are men constantly trying to prove to us, that they can do the same as us? No.

Women are powerful in their own right. So, why can’t we simply embrace our differences and remain true to who we are? Why are we constantly competing with men? Trying to prove we can do anything they can? Why don’t we focus instead on being the best versions of ourselves rather than being the better versions of men?

Even if we do the same thing, we won’t do it the same way. We’ll do it the woman’s way. Is it better than the man’s way? I’m not gonna get into that… πŸ™‚ But what I’m trying to say is, there needs to be some balance. And there needs to be some space for women to be women and for men to be men and be ok with it.

I want to keep watching films with hot men and keep dreaming about them! I want to be watching guys in suits stealing from a casino giant and to be laughing at their typical boys jokes. I do love them!

And I do want to keep on dreaming about heroes (from old times) that will come and save the day. The last thing I want is a female Zorro or Robin Hood. And I’m a little afraid that this is where it all leads to..

Embracing who we are is what makes us powerful. Embracing the authentic women in us – that’s what’s really powerful. Making the all-female Ghostbusters or Ocean’s 11 that’s not empowering at all. That’s embarrassing. It only shows lack of imagination.

Creating our own unique female heroes (take Wonder Woman!) that’s empowering. Pretending to be something that we’re not and wasting our energy on the constant women vs. men chase that’s just not.

I do think it’s important to show strong female characters and create badass women heroes equal to the male ones – it really is so powerful for us women and young girls especially to see that we in fact are as strong as men and that we don’t have to depend on anyone. But I hate that this whole thing has become such a competition somehow alienating us in the process.

I hate that my friend was actually afraid to voice his opinion. When I told him that I agree despite being a woman, he said that he’s relieved because one needs to be careful these days what he says.

Do we really want our men to feel this way? And trust me, he’s all for women equality, too. But this is just getting out of proportions. I think somewhere in the process we forgot what this is all about.

It’s about the same rights, same opportunities, remember?

What’s happening in the film though (and not just there), is like if a group of girls playing outside would say: ‘hey, let’s play the game the guys played the other day!’ But can you imagine guys saying the same?! ‘Let’s play the game girls played…?’ NO!!! Seriously, it makes us look ridiculous.

Despite the fact that in the case of Doctor Who it does make sense to me as opposed to the other mentioned movies (but again, I’m no fan, I only know briefly what Doctor Who is about) – I mean, he’s been taking on different reincarnations for years, so why not a woman? –Β  I still do understand the bewilderment it caused among some fans. Especially, given most of the fan base is actually male.. Why don’t we just leave their hero to them?

After all, the differences are what makes life fun!!! We still love our men, don’t we?!

At the end of the day, I want to have that strong man at home who takes care of me and makes me feel safe, because I’m a woman. I’m a woman in all her rights, capable of anything, but a woman who still wants to be saved by her man in a way. Because it’s romantic and beautiful… and a lot of the men actually want to be our heroes. So why not let them? Why not let them be men and us their women? (of course we know that in fact we are saving them, but who cares πŸ˜‰ )

So I say enough of the all-female films and male characters turning into females. You would never see it the other way around. And if there’s one thing I hate more than remakes, it’s all-female remakes.

Yes, it can be interesting to some extent to see what would happen if women were in charge as opposed to men – but please, let’s just not turn it into a trend..

37 thoughts on “The Women Empowerment in film: Are there any boundaries?

    • Yes! I’m proud to be a woman, too! πŸ™‚ and I’m proud of how strong we women are!

      BTW Let’s just not forget Elle Woods from Legally Blonde! That’s a woman empowerement right there :))

      Thank you xx

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  1. This is amazing. Most of the movies and even Tv shows are about a male protagonist and the heroine is just a beautiful woman.
    Though time is changing, I hope we will have more of strong female characters.

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  2. ‘Embracing who we are is what makes us powerful’ This is my favorite quote from the post. I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot for a few days and you are so right! We need to let our men be men and we need to be women too. I do like looking at hot men too! Beautiful post.

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  3. The whole movement gets lost in this pseudo competition that has been created in the name of feminism. We just need to embrace our biological differences, accept that we are different in some ways, but we seek equality: in our rights, in the workspace, and in terms of respect given to our life choices. I liked your piece πŸ™‚

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  4. I agree. Women try too hard to be the same as men, rather than embracing what makes them women and what makes them different to men. Why would they want to be the same?

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  5. I do believe it’s essential to indicate solid female characters and make renegade lady legends equivalent to the male ones – it truly is so effective for us ladies and young ladies, particularly to see that we in reality are as solid as men and that we don’t need to rely upon anybody. However, I despise that the subject of has turned out to be such an opposition some way or another estranging us all the while.
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  6. Good point. I think the problem is (at least in Germany) is we are at the point where women and men are equal on the paper but not yet in the heads of society. And while we are doing everything to make women equal we forget the men. All of us want a man not ashamed showing his sensitive side but call men who do so unmanly. It is time to say goodbye to such stereotypes

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  7. Such a wonderful read! I have just started a blog called ‘Raw Women’ and I couldn’t agree more with what you are saying. Women empowerment should not be about beating men, it should be about the empowerment of the woman herself and the empowerment of her in her craft when regarding the industry. We don’t know the reasoning behind her getting that role and we can only hope that it was beacuse of her exceptional acting skills and talent but as you say many heads will turn directly towards ‘it’s because of the feminist movement’ immediately reducing the rapport between society and the movement regarding women empowerment. Focusing more on the women within the movement rather than what we can do to challenge the men, could advance the movement immensely and that is what my blog is about ‘Embracing, Empowering and Encouraging the Rawness of Women’

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    • So well said!! At the end of the day, the whole ‘women empowerement’ will work AGAINST us, not FOR us… Is it really worth it?! Thanks for bringing this point up! πŸ˜‰

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  8. Great topic to post about and as always well written, I am a huge supporter of Women’s Empowerment and happen to think Dr Who is a gender less role anyway (and I have been watching it for 25 years), so those who got a bit upset about this casting probably missed the point. I do however agree, there must be a place for equality and difference, we are different to men and we should celebrate those differences as positives. I also agree we are so much more capable, with the exception of maps (I can not read maps!)

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    • Oh god, yeah! I suck with maps so much!! haha and there are still few things I cannot do either (like repairs and such) but you’re of course right! πŸ˜€ As for Dr Who – as I said, I don’t really know much, but to me seems kinda logical compared to the other films mentioned… πŸ˜‰

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