Those two terms above have been thrown around multiple posts on this blog and are the underlying factors that drive my writing. Both the words macho and feminist alike, are interesting terms with unique interpretations. For men and women they represent characteristics that are extreme and exceedingly towards one end of a spectrum.
According to urban dictionary, macho is, “A male person that acts like he is the king of the world. Generally shows a degrading attitude towards women and sensitive men.” Or, “A male who cannot “lose face” in front of his mates or women. Most macho men have the emotional range of a teaspoon and have enough empathy to fill the ink tube in a pen.” Honestly, these definitions may not be fair but to be “macho” evokes stereotypical associations that cannot be avoided.
I use the term macho in the title of my blog to describe these films I have been watching which strongly suggest violence, a lack of empathy, and men so full of muscle I don’t understand how they don’t just tip over when they walk! The only women in these films are naked or playing a damsel in distress type and need to be saved from harm. So if you are looking for female empowerment look elsewhere.
That brings us to the next word, feminist. Before I took a woman’s studies class I had believed women who were known as feminists burned their bras and didn’t shave. I certainly know better now, but how many people still hold that archaic and ignorant view? Due to my boyfriend and this blog I haven’t seen many films that empower women to be strong, equal, and independent.
This past Sunday, however, when I was hanging out with some of my girlfriends, I was able to see Dolores Claiborne a film starring Kathy Bates, and based on a Steven King novel. Bates played the character of Dolores, a women who was accused but never found guilty of murdering her husband, and then under suspicion again for killing an elderly woman in her care. I don’t want to give away all the twists and turns of the film, of which there were many, but Dolores is a strong woman. She is like a rock and though there are an awful lot of obstacles for her to overcome, including an alcoholic husband, little funds to support her daughter and a verbally abusive employer, she does what she has to to survive.