Jurassic World is sexist and here are the reasons why
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Jurassic World is sexist. It pains me to write this, but I believe it’s true. A very good thing has happened over the last few years: we have become more attune to misogyny and less forgiving of attitudes that attempt to hinder society’s journey towards gender equality. The latest battering-ram against feminism is the colossal mega-blockbuster Jurassic World, which has already become one of the most successful movies ever made. Even the director has admitted there are problems (though only within the context of a clip Universal released to drum up excitement) and others have spoken out including, perhaps most controversially, Avengers director Joss Whedon. So let’s have a look at why Jurassic World takes Hollywood a step back to the dark old days. Problem 1: The Dangerous Career Woman Who Refuses To Breed Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire. Claire runs Jurassic World. And Claire has a problem: she’s unmarried, with no boyfriend, with no kids and she’s career-obsessed. How dare she? How dare she decide she wants to focus her life on her career and not on raising children? All women are supposed to love kids, right? How dare she make a personal choice about her life plans and be in charge of her own body? This is all totally crazy, so Claire is consistently demonised for not being good with kids (she isn’t close to her nephews, for example) or for not wanting to have them in the future. So, the moral of the story is, if women rise too far to the top THE HUMAN RACE WILL BECOME AS INSTINCT AS THE DINOSAURS. Go figure. Problem 2: The Dangerous Career Woman Is Too Busy To Look After Her Nephews Because she runs an enormous theme park involving genetically modified creatures, Claire is very busy. She instead delegates the looking after of her nephews on the first day of their visit to an assistant who takes them around the park whilst Claire finishes her work for the day. Whilst it may have been better for Claire to make sure she was available when her nephews arrive, bad stuff happens and she has to deal with it because she is the boss. Ok, right? Wrong. This is another sign Claire is a rare breed of women who DON’T CONFORM TO A MOTHERLY STEREOTYPE, so both she, her nephews and (most horrifically) the assistant are punished for this. In fact, the death of the assistant is one of the most extended and disturbing scenes of violence in the entire film. She is flung into the air and dragged into the water repeatedly by dinosaurs whilst screaming and then crunchily eaten. In case we didn’t get the message, it’s bad she existed in the first place. Problem 3: The Dangerous Career Woman is Also A Control Freak Who Just Needs A Man
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