Hollywood Contributes To Violence Against Women – DUH!


It’s a first step by a big star to say such things….

Nicole Kidman’s first big hit was Dead Calm, a movie about a woman terrorized on a yacht by a crazy killer who killed her husband.  She has been a spokesperson for UNIFEM and is working to promote an International Violence Against Women Act.  I think her consciousness is just waking up.

It would be interesting to do research on movie content, particularly murder/mysteries to see how many victims of cinematic violence are women.

I remember years ago watching Masterpiece Theatre with my mother.  The show opened with the discovery of the body of a young women found in the woods.  It struck me then, the incongruity of entertainment and violence, particularly where women are concerned.

There’s something terribly wrong with a culture that sees entertainment value in watching other people suffer – whether male or female.

To anyone who says, oh but they’re just movies, just stories made up in the heads of writers, I say, advertisers spend billions on 30 sec ads that they believe will influence purchasing patterns.   What do you think a 5-minute scene of graphic violence will do?

I like to think that more women in production roles as studio heads, directors etc would turn the tide of movies that victimize women and show films of people celebrating life and/or overcoming adversity.  We’ll have to see.


6 responses to “Hollywood Contributes To Violence Against Women – DUH!

  1. I never saw Monster but do remember Fatal Attraction vaguely.

  2. Surprisingly, this issue — violence against women in film — hasn’t really struck the public consciousness. Violence against women has been a major public concern/cause for years, with government-sponsored publicity campaigns and millions of dollars for education, help and shelters. But it doesn’t strike us — we the public — as so objectionable in film for some reason.
    What would it be like to see women attacking men in film in bloody sequences? It is hard to imagine a “slasher” film from that viewpoint. Maybe it will take those types of films to focus attention on the issue.
    Mark Skeffington

    • Hi Mark,
      The classic for that would be Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Another one – the movie with Charlize Theron – was it Monster? – the life of Arlene Woronos. She won an academy award for that.

  3. I agree Margaret, way too much gratuitous violence in media. I stopped watching violent films and tv shows years ago – there is already to much in the news and newspaper.

    Helen Powers

  4. Hi Margaret,
    It is a topic we all have missed during our lives and have never thought of it I think. When I say “we” I mean the majority in the society. So thanks for bringing this issue up.
    Here I have found a sister blog for your sisterhood.


    And this is a different perspective ” a collection of movies” against violence against women. This is also a nice opportunity once again to emphasize that cinema=Hollywood is not true.

    • Margaret Shkimba

      Thanks for that reference. I know that film is supposed to “take us away from it all” but we should be more aware of where it’s taking us and whether we really want to, or should go there.

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