It includes at least two women
who have at least one conversation
about something other than a man or men (women aren’t worth portraying except in relation to men)
at least one major female character,
who has a fully-developed story arc,
that doesn’t revolve around a male character.
Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!
(SPOILERS AHEAD FOR NON-BOOK READERS)
Outlander has certainly shown that there is life, and more importantly, sexual fulfillment after 37 (I’ll come back to this) and woah! even after 60 and 70. Like the title infers, Claire gives and gets at every age.
the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Tobias Menzies’s former “The Honorable Woman” co-star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, knows from experience that age is disadvantageous to women actors. At the ripe old age of 37 (see earlier reference) she was deemed too old to play the lover of a 55 year old.
The same goes for Laura Donnelly, for Lotte Verbeek, and the myriad of actresses we’ll meet in successive seasons (fingers and toes crossed).
Why are We Still Having this Discussion?
“It’s a subtle changing of social expectations, to a point that media companies don’t hold all of the deciding power, but people do.” — Morgan Kraljevich
Just being aware of these issues makes us all better women and wiser media consumers.
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