gender and empathy

This piece really only relates to girls on film tangentially, but I think that the lack of female agency and viewpoint in the mediums of storytelling through which we understand culture can certainly be implicated as having a strong effect on the way both men and women learn to empathize and relate to each other.  It is interesting (or frustrating) to think about the ways that boys are socialized away from femininity and feminine perspectives.  Boys aren’t taught to see things from a female point of view.  For the most part, society takes it for granted that they can’t or won’t.  Girls can’t help learning the opposite, because stories about men are everywhere.