Seth MacFarlane made a whole bunch of sexist, reductive jokes at the Oscars last night. It’s frustrating enough to know that 77 percent of Academy voters are male. Or to watch 30 men and 9 women collect awards last night. But MacFarlane’s boob song, the needless sexualization of a little girl, and the relentless commentary about how women look reinforced, over and over, that women somehow don’t belong. They matter only insofar as they are beautiful or naked, or preferably both. This wasn’t an awards ceremony so much as a black-tie celebration of the straight white male gaze. […]
Yes, I can take a joke. I can take a bunch! A thousand, 10,000, maybe even more! But after 30 or so years, this stuff doesn’t feel like joking. It’s dehumanizing and humiliating, and as if every single one of those jokes is an ostensibly gentler way of saying, “I don’t think you belong here.”
ProTip: There’s “a heroine or villainess who is ‘strong and in charge,’ who may enjoy her sexuality, but does not use it as a form of control or barter system.”
Exhibit A: Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.
Then there’s “a heroine or villainess who not only enjoys her sexuality, but uses it as a form of control and/or bartering system and walks around like she’s one pizza delivery guy’s visit from shooting a cosplay porno.”
Exhibit B: Catwoman in Batman: Arkham City.
Massive, massive difference, kids.