Friday, March 03, 2006

Push The Envelope, Please

Here is a FANTASTIC organization to get involved with. PLEASE check out their website.

Representing 51% of our population through Hollywood entertainment is important to improving all our lives. Until we all take a stand for whose stories are told, women will continue to be second class citizens.

This year's Oscar campaign posters sums up the issue quite succinctly:

Demure. Waif. Powerless girl. Young Audrey Hepburn springs to mind. Definitely an object to be looked at. Graceful hand-job placement, ever so lightly cupping the balls.

Dominant. Powerful. In action. The subject. What springs to mind? Seriously, how can you miss the phallic placement and angle? The forceful aim? Oscars are about who is the biggest dick in Hollywood.

Oh my gods. Can you imagine the fits I've been having driving around town seeing these billboards the past month? AARGHHH!!!!!

Oscar's Lost His Head This Year - It's Time to Take Action! The Academy Awards are a snapshot of America's creativity, but when it comes to women's visions, the picture has been cropped.

The Fund for Women Artists is launching a campaign to tell Hollywood that giving the male half of every story is not enough. Please join us in sending the movie industry a message that it's time to unleash the power of women's creativity and Push the Envelope, Please!

Women were ignored again this year in the key Oscar categories of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original and Adapted Screenplays.

Best Picture: Four of the five films nominated for Best Picture focused almost entirely on the male characters.

Capote - 1 Guy
Good Night and Good Luck - 1 Guy
Brokeback Mountain - 2 Guys
Munich - 5 Guys
Crash - At least Crash has some central women characters, but men still have more screentime.

Best Director: No women were nominated in the Best Director category - continuing the neglect that has been an annual tradition for 75 of Oscar's 78 years. Of the 40 full-length films that received nominations in any category, Niki Caro's North Country is the only English language nominee directed by a woman and Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell (from Italy) is the only full-length foreign film directed by a woman.

Best Writers: In the three closely-watched categories of Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Diana Ossana, the co-writer of Brokeback Mountain, is the only female writer nominated.

This is Lis speaking again. Please visit their site to sign the open letter campaign, and find other ways to get involved in transforming our world. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

And if you want to argue any of these facts or make me wrong about this, please don't bother commenting here. I'm up to bigger things and don't have time for that BS. I'm standing in transforming our media world to accurately reflect our amazing communities. If you're about being negative and destructive and holding your neighbors down, your presence is gladly requested elsewhere on the net.


Fun Joel said...

FYI -- I haven't given up on that article. I just have more things brewing.

Kid Sis said...

You effin' rock, Joel. Cheers to you.

Anonymous said...

Forgive a bit of semantics -- is it "who is the biggest..." or "who has the biggest..."?

'Cause if it's the former, then I think it says something about how the Oscars reward a--holes who step on others to get on top.

If it's the latter, well... I guess that probably ties more to your thesis here.


Lynne said...

Lis - you are my hero. (though not the toy variety)
I admire your stand for women.

From a woman who is medically disabled, divorced, but can't collect social security on her former husband's work record because she hasn't reached the age of retirement (but I have cancer and can't work), I must rely on my own slighter work record because I made the choice to stay at home with my children, I am penalized for that. I did not apparently do a job considered worthy of enabling me to receive social security disability benefits that I can live on. Shame. (however if HE became ill he would be able to collect a higher amount)
So call me a feminist, and more power to you for taking a stand to make a change.

Warren said...

I hear you on the other stuff, but the posters themselves were made from actual Oscar photos. The woman is Julie Andrews - who is charming and elegant and generally a strong female presence onscreen and in life - and the man is Cary Grant - who may actually have been bi. Doesn't change the way one might interprete the shots, but knowing who they were from the beginning, I never interpreted them that way.

Kid Sis said...

MIM, I'm a total semantics ho. Chose the "is". :) Thanks for paying attentention.

Lynne, don't even get me started on housewives not being paid. Urgh. The more I hear of your story, the more I admire you and send you love and light. Thanks for sharing, and being your strong, bad-ass self.

Warren, Yes BUT they cropped out the heads so you wouldn't think of the actors' personas...any way you slice it, the ads were still chosen and cropped by modern people, deciding what to emphasize and what message to send. And the Julie Andrews shot...she normally has excellent posture. I'm sure they could have chosen one in which she didn't look like she wanted to disappear. All very odd considering the tasteful posters last year.

Anonymous said...

Hey, didja catch Clooney's speech? Dubya now has a least favorite filmmaker...


Kid Sis said...

MIM, totally! That was my fav moment.

Warren, haven't been able to stop thinking about your point since I read it. Knowing what I know about the actors, I might have had a different reaction to the posters. Really hard to say. But the actors do bring their own iconic power to it when you know the groins belong to.