How movies teach manhood | Colin Stokes

How movies teach manhood | Colin Stokes

Translator: Morton Bast
Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha You know, my favorite part of being a dad is the movies I get to watch. I love sharing my favorite movies with my kids, and when my daughter was four, we got to watch “The Wizard of Oz” together. It totally dominated her imagination for months. Her favorite character was Glinda, of course. It gave her a great excuse to wear a sparkly dress and carry a wand. But you watch that movie enough times, and you start to realize how unusual it is. Now we live today, and are raising our children, in a kind of children’s-fantasy-spectacular-industrial complex. But “The Wizard of Oz” stood alone. It did not start that trend. Forty years later was when the trend really caught on, with, interestingly, another movie that featured a metal guy and a furry guy rescuing a girl by dressing up as the enemy’s guards. Do you know what I’m talking about? (Laughter) Yeah. Now, there’s a big difference between these two movies, a couple of really big differences between “The Wizard of Oz” and all the movies we watch today. One is there’s very little violence in “The Wizard of Oz.” The monkeys are rather aggressive, as are the apple trees. But I think if “The Wizard of Oz” were made today, the wizard would say, “Dorothy, you are the savior of Oz that the prophecy foretold. Use your magic slippers to defeat the computer-generated armies of the Wicked Witch.” But that’s not how it happens. Another thing that’s really unique about “The Wizard of Oz” to me is that all of the most heroic and wise and even villainous characters are female. Now I started to notice this when I actually showed “Star Wars” to my daughter, which was years later, and the situation was different. At that point I also had a son. He was only three at the time. He was not invited to the screening. He was too young for that. But he was the second child, and the level of supervision had plummeted. (Laughter) So he wandered in, and it imprinted on him like a mommy duck does to its duckling, and I don’t think he understands what’s going on, but he is sure soaking in it. And I wonder what he’s soaking in. Is he picking up on the themes of courage and perseverance and loyalty? Is he picking up on the fact that Luke joins an army to overthrow the government? Is he picking up on the fact that there are only boys in the universe except for Aunt Beru, and of course this princess, who’s really cool, but who kind of waits around through most of the movie so that she can award the hero with a medal and a wink to thank him for saving the universe, which he does by the magic that he was born with? Compare this to 1939 with “The Wizard of Oz.” How does Dorothy win her movie? By making friends with everybody and being a leader. That’s kind of the world I’d rather raise my kids in — Oz, right? — and not the world of dudes fighting, which is where we kind of have to be. Why is there so much Force — capital F, Force — in the movies we have for our kids, and so little yellow brick road? There is a lot of great writing about the impact that the boy-violent movie has on girls, and you should do that reading. It’s very good. I haven’t read as much on how boys are picking up on this vibe. I know from my own experience that Princess Leia did not provide the adequate context that I could have used in navigating the adult world that is co-ed. (Laughter) I think there was a first-kiss moment when I really expected the credits to start rolling because that’s the end of the movie, right? I finished my quest, I got the girl. Why are you still standing there? I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. The movies are very, very focused on defeating the villain and getting your reward, and there’s not a lot of room for other relationships and other journeys. It’s almost as though if you’re a boy, you are a dopey animal, and if you are a girl, you should bring your warrior costume. There are plenty of exceptions, and I will defend the Disney princesses in front of any you. But they do send a message to boys, that they are not, the boys are not really the target audience. They are doing a phenomenal job of teaching girls how to defend against the patriarchy, but they are not necessarily showing boys how they’re supposed to defend against the patriarchy. There’s no models for them. And we also have some terrific women who are writing new stories for our kids, and as three-dimensional and delightful as Hermione and Katniss are, these are still war movies. And, of course, the most successful studio of all time continues to crank out classic after classic, every single one of them about the journey of a boy, or a man, or two men who are friends, or a man and his son, or two men who are raising a little girl. Until, as many of you are thinking, this year, when they finally came out with “Brave.” I recommend it to all of you. It’s on demand now. Do you remember what the critics said when “Brave” came out? “Aw, I can’t believe Pixar made a princess movie.” It’s very good. Don’t let that stop you. Now, almost none of these movies pass the Bechdel Test. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this. It has not yet caught on and caught fire, but maybe today we will start a movement. Alison Bechdel is a comic book artist, and back in the mid-’80s, she recorded this conversation she’d had with a friend about assessing the movies that they saw. And it’s very simple. There’s just three questions you should ask: Is there more than one character in the movie that is female who has lines? So try to meet that bar. And do these women talk to each other at any point in the movie? And is their conversation about something other than the guy that they both like? (Laughter) Right? Thank you. (Applause) Thank you very much. Two women who exist and talk to each other about stuff. It does happen. I’ve seen it, and yet I very rarely see it in the movies that we know and love. In fact, this week I went to see a very high-quality movie, “Argo.” Right? Oscar buzz, doing great at the box office, a consensus idea of what a quality Hollywood film is. It pretty much flunks the Bechdel test. And I don’t think it should, because a lot of the movie, I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but a lot of the movie takes place in this embassy where men and women are hiding out during the hostage crisis. We’ve got quite a few scenes of the men having deep, angst-ridden conversations in this hideout, and the great moment for one of the actresses is to peek through the door and say, “Are you coming to bed, honey?” That’s Hollywood for you. So let’s look at the numbers. 2011, of the 100 most popular movies, how many of them do you think actually have female protagonists? Eleven. It’s not bad. It’s not as many percent as the number of women we’ve just elected to Congress, so that’s good. But there is a number that is greater than this that’s going to bring this room down. Last year, The New York Times published a study that the government had done. Here’s what it said. One out of five women in America say that they have been sexually assaulted some time in their life. Now, I don’t think that’s the fault of popular entertainment. I don’t think kids’ movies have anything to do with that. I don’t even think that music videos or pornography are really directly related to that, but something is going wrong, and when I hear that statistic, one of the things I think of is that’s a lot of sexual assailants. Who are these guys? What are they learning? What are they failing to learn? Are they absorbing the story that a male hero’s job is to defeat the villain with violence and then collect the reward, which is a woman who has no friends and doesn’t speak? Are we soaking up that story? You know, as a parent with the privilege of raising a daughter like all of you who are doing the same thing, we find this world and this statistic very alarming and we want to prepare them. We have tools at our disposal like “girl power,” and we hope that that will help, but I gotta wonder, is girl power going to protect them if, at the same time, actively or passively, we are training our sons to maintain their boy power? I mean, I think the Netflix queue is one way that we can do something very important, and I’m talking mainly to the dads here. I think we have got to show our sons a new definition of manhood. The definition of manhood is already turning upside down. You’ve read about how the new economy is changing the roles of caregiver and wage earner. They’re throwing it up in the air. So our sons are going to have to find some way of adapting to this, some new relationship with each other, and I think we really have to show them, and model for them, how a real man is someone who trusts his sisters and respects them, and wants to be on their team, and stands up against the real bad guys, who are the men who want to abuse the women. And I think our job in the Netflix queue is to look out for those movies that pass the Bechdel Test, if we can find them, and to seek out the heroines who are there, who show real courage, who bring people together, and to nudge our sons to identify with those heroines and to say, “I want to be on their team,” because they’re going to be on their team. When I asked my daughter who her favorite character was in “Star Wars,” do you know what she said? Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Glinda. What do these two have in common? Maybe it’s not just the sparkly dress. I think these people are experts. I think these are the two people in the movie who know more than anybody else, and they love sharing their knowledge with other people to help them reach their potential. Now, they are leaders. I like that kind of quest for my daughter, and I like that kind of quest for my son. I want more quests like that. I want fewer quests where my son is told, “Go out and fight it alone,” and more quests where he sees that it’s his job to join a team, maybe a team led by women, to help other people become better and be better people, like the Wizard of Oz. Thank you.

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  1. Maybe don’t put too much stock in the Bechdel Test. Lot’s of great movies don’t pass it, while lot’s of bad movies do. Also the study for sexual assault cited here had a sample that was self-selected, so be careful with using it.

  2. This ideology is divisive, not unifying. It’s leading women against feminine nature, and men against masculine nature. These virtues sound good on paper but in the end, it leads everyone to hating themselves and suppressing the very things that will make them grow into divinely masculine men, and divinely feminine women. The the best part is that none of these societal changes are helping men, they’re just make them more resentful of their own existence, of their own natural masculinity, this is dangerous to a society. The solution is to help boys become men, not adult boys. A real man is someone who is able to overcome life’s circumstances, and be a leader to those around him (not a bossy one but an understanding and assertive one at that). Make aggression can be honed into refined assertiveness. Stoicism doesn’t mean you’re emotionless, but refined stoicism is a refined ability to think logically in despite an otherwise emotional circumstance, and make logically sound decisions for the greater good. Men need to be taught how to become leaders, but have the wisdom to allow someone else to lead if alternatives prove to have better results

  3. The real heroes are the men and women who fought against tyranny during World War II. There's no comparison til this day.

  4. When I hear 1 in 5 I think that's a lot of sexual assailants.

    Well perhaps like robbery, or autotheft its a very small number of repeat offenders? Perhaps you should think "Thats a lot, surely it can't be right", then wander off and find a genuine survey such as the one done by CDC and realise the one in 5 number is as valid as the moon being made of cheese.

    You may want to look at shows such as iCarly, that penetrate daily or weekly as opposed to an occasional movie, see how the genders treat each other there.

  5. Come 2019, you almost can't find a superhero movie that ISN'T a female protagonist. The pendulum has swung too far the other way.

  6. I didn’t want to have to play this card but the Bechdel Test sounds pretty sexist itself. If there was a movie with an all female cast people like him would prays it for its diversity and inclusivity. And this may be the dreaded patriarchy at it again, but I prefer movies with a strong male lead. Don’t get me wrong, the Hunger Games is a great series; I could read the books a thousand times, but your political opinions shouldn’t dictate what kind of movies I should watch.

  7. I don´t know why so many People can´t accept this fundamental rule of nature. There is no freedom and justice without violence or at least the deterence of violence.

    Guys like that want our Boys to never rise beyond the Level of elementary School Children, where female authority figures can still tell them what to do.

    If we pathologize completely normal male interests and talents we will regret that in the future.

    Even Dorothee had to kill the Evil witches, before everyone got their happy endings

  8. This is garbage. This man's little boy and the boys raised in this manner will have to rely on the strength and protection of strong masculine men who were raised up idolizing the warrior/hero/protector archetype.

  9. "As a parent who has the privilege of raising a daughter, i regret that my 2nd child is a potential rapist." – Father of The Year.

  10. I was trying to work out where Movies all started going wrong, losing all form of plot and character construction.

    Then I watched this, and realised it was around just after 2013…

    And that's around the time that MSM (including NYT) started losing all credibility.

  11. Odd. I know Holywood has changed, but the standard concept of a hero is (or was), the hero DIES giving his life for others.
    Heroes get their medals posthumously.
    Hollywood has sort of cheapened the concept of what a hero is.
    If a woman is prepared to die, trying saving the lives of others, I'll stand up and fold a flag for her the same as I would for anyone else.
    You die you get medals. You are a "hero". If you survive, then you get survivor's guilt. You get treatment. If you're lucky.

  12. "How movies teach manhood"
    Here I was thinking that was a fathers, uncles or grandfathers job.
    Posture at 00:18 tells you everything about manhood today.
    It's severely lacking in so many parts of western society.

  13. OMFG, I tapped out soon as you bought the Bechdel test up, that is a joke among anyone with any brain cells. you wonder why so many look at TED's as a joke these days.

  14. Formative years (0-9), is of vital importance and I'm fully in agreement that our media choices for this age group should set a positive message for boys & girls. Of course I think the bigger impact on young children is whether they are surrounded by healthy adult relationships or not. If divorced and lacking a male spouse, you should strive to make sure your male child has access to other positive male role models (especially in how they relate to women).

    With saying that, it pisses me off when SJWs throw a hissy fit at movies meant for adolescents & adults that are obviously escapist nonsense. A male oriented flick of "Male hero, show me boobies / female love interest" is not all of a sudden going to turn adolescent / adult males into sexual predators or men who'll disrespect women. I don't care if you think it "objectifies" women as sexual objects, what your posters on the wall of Orlando Bloom didn't objective males (or all those women on the Views talking about hot male bods)? Males can in fact enjoy their escapist movies like women can enjoy their unrealistic relationships as shown in Romance Novels & Romantic Comedy's. We're all adults, to the extent our formative years went well, we are fine.

  15. Good concept…but more needs to b done to encourage our men to protect and defending our women..and to halt the emasculatuon of our men…they need heroes who are strong, brave, kind and chivalrous..we've woosified our men and boys…..I want a man's man to be my husband…to care and protect, stick up for me and at all times know that I'm proud of him in all he does…as a man!

  16. I don't get the whole top 100 popular movies thing if the top 10 was 11% female lead then that either means men are the primary consumers of movies or that those 11 are not as good or anticipated movies

  17. You lost me the minute you forgot that Princess Leia picked up a gun and shot at hardened shock troopers killing some, questioned the plan of her jail break, withheld information under torture, stood up to the greatest boogie man in the Galaxy, and rallied good men to a great cause. She not only demonstrated honor and courage, but grace also. Maybe the problem is the current generation can't recognize virtue when they see it. Please, the narrative in this presentation is flawed. Turn in your man card immediately.

  18. Power puff girls was phenomenal. Then studios got it and diced it up and ruined it. Power Puffs original was the best! Right now we are preparing cartoons for the child adults who won't graduate from college. The professors chin was filed down, the mayor's secretary is nixed, the teachers breasts were ripped off, there is nothing but rainbows and gum drops (and the hypnosis panda that did pretty well compared to other bad guys)

    Your female leads in the industry that you showed are pretty good.

  19. Men and women has the same rights but not the same functions in society. There are biological and psychological differences with a purpose. Dysney is no educational system nor has ever taugh anyone how to deal with the world. Single motherhood represents over 70% of the criminals in our jails. Who's raising those kids? What male role model do they have. A balanced child needs a male figure. Men can't give birth but are supposed to protect and discipline sons and daughters. Women professional development can't come by sidesiding or dismissing the only real reason for being a woman, the children. And the man can't relinquish his duty as provider and protector. My perfect movie: "A Quiet Place"

  20. I feel sorry for your Son. Fathers like you are the reason Boys seek masculine role models in movies. Low self esteem turns Males into bullies and rapists. I expect your poor Son to be on the news within the decade. "We have tools at our disposal like GIRL POWER, and we hope that that will help, but I gotta wonder is GIRL POWER gonna protect them, If at the same time actively or passively we're training our Sons to maintain their BOY POWER." Your Son may end up being yet another casualty of a beta male role model. And your Daughter is likely going to suffer just as much or more because you're sending her into the world with delusions of grandeur and a false sense of security that are not preparing her for the realities of the world. I imagine the Fathers of Maren Ueland and Louisa Jespersen were very much like you. And you'll raise your Boy to be as beta as you are, so he'll be incapable of defending his Family in a home invasion, or maybe he'll just beat up Women. Real Men created the civilised world, and spineless whining betas are doing their best to destroy it. If you are looking for "Toxic Masculinity" you need look no further than the mirror!

  21. The Bechdel Test adds nothing to the story and should be ignored. Focus on good scripts and dialogs, instead.

  22. Very obviously a false statistic. Maybe it's accurate when u count everything from cat-calling to telling a woman she's beautiful as assault

  23. Why are there so many betamales complaining about the fact that they're genetically inferior kids won't be able to hack it unless we turn all the men into manginas?

  24. Sorry Bobo. Life IS fought alone. I had to spend most of my life fighting alone for myself with no one to help and no one to guide. Had I been the type of touchy-feely namby-pamby that you portray I would never have gotten where I am now. There is the judeo-christian ethic which teaches respect and worth but this is not it.
    Because I stayed true to "the quest," I now lead a team. I have greater value and worth than if I had been taught to walk around with a mangina being all touchy-feely.
    The best stories match the One True Story–a man standing up for principal staying true to that principle and pushing through all obstacles with the help of the Deity until he reaches the goal. I face the day to day I'm not in some academical Fairyland where I can build my own little stories around what I imagine reality to be.

    Embarking on the Quest–the goal of which is to be a man and to build your own life around moral Godly principles, is not something that any boy should be cured of it is something he should be encouraged to do. I would rather have a little Errol Flynn running around than some Barbie Boy who wants to play dress up.

  25. I have a really horrible feeling that this guy doesn't understand the basic issues having to do with life. Human beings exist in a fundamental state of conflict. Resolving this conflict is how we continue to survive as a species. I believe that he is fundamentally misread everything about the message of Star Wars. The Warriors Journey has to do with the discovery of the weaknesses in oneself and how to overcome them. Star Wars is an example of a Warrior's Journey. The reason why the Empire had to be defeated and it was understood by the audience that this Empire was an oppressive government. What Luke Skywalker had to discover was the true nature of the fall of his father and how to redeem him from this fall. It's about the fundamental Brokenness of the way in which fathers relate to their sons in American society. This is a far more important thing then pursuing some abstract idea of defeating a patriarchy. Men who are emotionally whole in themselves can stand both in a position of strength and a position of compassion. Weak men are only in a position to defend themselves. The society as it is right now seeks to Rob men of their fundamental wholeness. The constant assault on manhood from our media is meant to make men into mealy-mouthed beta male Orbiters for seemingly all powerful women. I look forward to movies depicting powerful female villains,to counterbalance the Mary sue female characters coming out. Speaking of Star Wars I actually like Rey in the new series however I'm almost looking forward to seeing her possibly fall to the dark side. this would actually create another cycle in the way in which the force balances. it would also give way to the possibility of a woman being in a position of needing Redemption and finding it.

  26. So I wonder why that study didn't include how many men are sexually assaulted? They need to include prison inmates in that study too.

  27. This speaker needs to experience some wilderness and understand nature. He believes in a lot of magical thinking.

  28. Good lord, what a loser soy boy. If you’re so concerned about what your kids are learning from what they’re watching, have discussions with them to make sure they don’t take things the wrong way. YOU be the role model for your kids! Be an active parent and the biggest influence in their life and it will work out fine.

  29. The reason there’s so much violence, and the reason boys tend to emulate that: is because violence is ingrained in our (boys) DNA, it’s called testosterone.

  30. I don't know, but maybe things like this happen because young boys don't have any value unless they are in service to women. Maybe because they have no other role. Or maybe because they are brow beaten into believing that we live in a patriarchy, which we don't. Maybe boys don't learn anything in school because everything has become female centric. Our schools today and society are striving to make boys effeminate. This confuses them specially when they don't have an outlet to be males. I wouldn't be surprised if the lecturer announces that his son is transgender soon.

  31. B.S being out against nature and leeches of society teaches manhood media doesn't teach a thing about being a man

  32. In a perfect world where children are deluged with horrible conflicting images yet are somehow able to navigate without becoming the worst people, and absent the influence of competent parents, and at the same time dependant upon strangers to show them the world through a screen.
    This attitude of “someone else do it” is why we are fucked. Also, poor people cranking out babies.

  33. The truth is that women don’t want to marry men who are poorer than them(People can find those statistics on internet). When women try to get higher pay in the workplace, the percentage that wife provides more money than her husband is still low(When can we see 50% families like that when feminists put emphasis on “equality”). In those movies, women always play some active and motivated characters, however men usually play some fool in movies and cartoons like The Simpson’s and Mr.Bean. All today’s speech like to convince boys that today is women’s age and we should listen and follow them, however they try to tell boys and men that they are inferior to girls no matter in school or family. It is just a political correctness speech and I only see a feminist try to blame all problems on masculinity after getting a lot of privileges in today’s society.

  34. Sorry…the Liberal distopia is not and never will be possible…..Its always overthrown by the "other" group, whoever they may be.

  35. Why would u relate to pixar characters as genders why cant u just relate to them as characters and learn something instead of looking for a check list of women talking.

  36. 1 in 5 women? Is that number increasing or decreasing? Start asking that question before going to "violence in movies may be the problem". You may figure out its decreasing and give a completely different outcome. I see no reason to believe this person has any deep thoughts on this.

  37. It took forever and a day to even start getting some real substance out of what he was saying. Me @2 minutes in……. Please get to the point!!!!!

  38. Boys are sissified today through the social engineering of TV.
    Get rid of cable and watch documentaries-it's difficult enough to filter out the crap in those ….

  39. how can anyone trust someone when you have women who can just say she was sexually harassed by some man that doesn't know who she is and get arrested. At the same time there are a lot of men out there that believe being nice to a woman gives them the right to having the female. Men will say women are weak, women will say men are weak when in reality everyone is and things won't change overnight unless everyone just collectively decides to change at the same time.

  40. Mr. Stokes has a special definition of "violence" when he says "there's very little violence in 'The Wizard of Oz."

    In fact, anyone raised on 20th century depth psychology knows that there's a lot of violence in the film, only it's represented in the form of secondary revisions.

    Dorothy, the passive-aggressive heroine of the movie, punishes all the adults who she felt humiliated her, at least in her self-centered mind.

    Thus the man who tells her to have courage and to confront the witch, is turned into a cowardly lion.

    The man who tells her to use her brain and find another route where her dog, Toto, will not harass Miss Gulch, becomes brainless in her fantasy. When we see him again, as the Straw Man, he himself gives contradictory directions, a punishment typical of Dante's contrapasso, or counter-passion. One is reminded of his disparaging remark to Dorothy in Kansas: "your head ain't made of straw, you know."

    A weakness of the film is that Hickory (the Tin Man) is not as carefully scripted to explain why he lacks a heart. But psychologically he represents all of the farm family who seem to be heartless in Dorothy's mind, with little time for her.

    Miss Gulch, of course, becomes the Evil Witch. But even the other adults, such as her uncle and aunt who are too busy to recognize her all-important concerns, are reduced to Munchkins, much smaller than she, and who worship her and make her the center of their attention and adoration.

    The all-wise and all-powerful Wizard himself, clearly a displaced image of the all-wise and all-powerful paternal figure, turns out to be nothing but a charlatan whom Dorothy chastises, as she chastises the lion for his cowardice, as she felt he had chastised her in Kansas.

    By the end of the film, this passive-aggressive heroine is the center of attention, as she has always wished to be, seemingly enthroned in her bed as men who previously had no time for her kneel down in adoration and concern.

    The entire story is in fact a variation on the Cinderella motif, with the fairy godmother, the special coach in which she sits enthoned, etc.

    Thus, in this hominist reading of the movie, one can see how Dorothy Gale is "God's gift," while her surname represents her repressed violence in the form of a gale, or twister, which can tear down a house that doesn't recognize her as the center of attention. "Toto," of course means "all," and her dog is all that Dorothy cares about, regardless of her hard-working uncle and aunt.

    Stokes' comment that "all of the wise and heroic and even villainous characters are female" spins it through feminist ideology.

    Stokes seems to see this as an admirable trait in the film, but our hominist analysis shows otherwise.

    Dorothy only reflects the gynocentric narcissistic world view of a pubescent woman who thinks that she is, or at least that she should be, the center of attention. If she's not, then men must be punished for it. Does that sound familiar?

    What do young women learn from the film? Apparently that the only men in Dorothy's fantasy are pathetic weak men (cowards, brainless, and heartless), over whom Dorothy feels great superiority, which she would not normally feel back home (in reality), in Kansas?

    To say that Dorothy makes friends with everyone and is a leader, as Stokes does, is rather disingenuous.

    All of Dorothy's power is supernatural. They are privileges allowed, in fairy tales, only to women: that of being a princess worthy of adoration, while the only friends she makes are clearly are inferiors in her fantasy, not her peers.

    As for Stokes' reference to "the patriarchy," hominism has made clear that the female principle created the patriarchy to serve women, and women and women alone sustain the patriarchy.

    What patriarch is forcing women to paint their faces or to sexualize, and thus objectify, their bodies, when most of these women have more money than many men will make in a lifetime, and are their own bosses?

    Women sustain the patriarchy precisely by playing the passive role, as Dorothy does in the film.

    Thus, by the end of the film, the family and farm hands all attend to her, almost like an ephipany of the Christmas creche. Indeed, the three farmhands are kneeling in adoration. What more could that narcissistic tween ask for?

    It's a fantasy Nativity scene. Only the coddled baby Jesus is now the coddled pubescent Dorothy. "This is my room and you are all here," comes as close to Her Majesty's fantasy as reality permits.

    If Stokes wants a truly liberated image of a young woman, then he must consult "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen.

    In that tale, the heroine, Gerda, is not merely assertive only when her dormant libido is awakened by a man, or a good witch. She is active throughout, thus representing Freud's premise of a single active libido in both men and women. Throughout the tale she takes the risks that normally men take, in order to save her male friend, Kai and awaken him from his frozen and dormant state.

  41. As a little girl, I loved lord of the rings ?.
    Today I see… it's kind of a only-male-group with some women added to the cast (fortunately Eowin is strong and Arwin brave).
    Just wanna say… it's still cliche, but at least a bit emancipated.
    Back then… I didn't mind having a almost-only-male-cast.
    I just really loved the character Gandalf :).
    Didn't care about the gender, only the wisdom ^^!)

  42. The point was good that movies do teach violence but this guy is a feminist and very stupid, he is very blue pilled..
    When a guy blames patriarchy, I become alert very soon.

  43. Stokes, you're frustrated with how the world teaches our children, so you advocate political correctness. You didn't mention how the market place drives our stories, how our stories are deeply imbedded in our past stories. You didn't say enough about female characters being violent and warlike, emulating that sort of male. Young boys don't need to have females as role models. They need to have wise people, like Obi Wan and Glenda, as role models.

  44. Like the video. However I always face palm when people use Princess Leia as an example of a damsel in distress. Yes it is male characters that attempt to save her, but if you actually pay attention and think about what happens in the scene you'll discover that all Luke and Han really do is open a door. When the storm troopers come into the room and start shooting Leia is the one who takes the blaster and shoots a hole into the garbage shoot, saving everyone. Not to mention the fact that she's the only one on the Falcon who is knowledgeable enough to understand that the empire is tracking them. Really she's the most competent of the main cast until Luke blows up the death star. I don't see why the father was so worried about his three year old son seeing star wars. Seeing people join forces to fight evil would likely have no negative effect.

  45. Yet another example of how people who fail at parenting blame the world and the "patriarichy" for everything they find "problematic". Pathetic feminized beta.

  46. Al Seb
    “Stands up against the real bad guys”? I heard that assailants are loving partners, relatives, people close, and also further away. And hard working feminists have found that left wing men with all their values are just as problematic as right wing men. We’re lying to ourselves about the power that hormones have. Since the death penalty isn’t a deterrent, nor life imprisonment, we need to find a solution that will prevent situations with the knowledge that its biological. How many well intentioned partners will pester for it sometime this month?

  47. This guy needs to get a life. If you want to effect change focus on single mothers. Being a child of a single mother is the single worst indicator for a child. Parental abuse, neglect, prison, runaways you name it. Or I guess you could blame children's movies instead. Because that's convenient and people clap after your presentation.

  48. Let's have something like a Bechdel test for men:

    1. There are two men with names.
    2. They talk to each other.
    3. Neither one of them tries to physically hurt another man, nor does another man try to hurt them.

    I wonder how many movies would pass.

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