The “hero” is gratuitous ab shots! LMFAO!
I’m legitimately curious. How do you feel about all these excessive clips in superhero movies where the *men* are objectified? Because the women are already objectified (hello, Black Widow), does this make it fair? What’s a solution to the ‘lets make everything sexy’ problem that’s overwhelming these KID-FRIENDLY movies?!
When I’m watching alone, I’m pretty much indifferent. Every once in a while, I’ll have a thought of “Oh, yes, he worked out hard for that role” or “I see what they’re trying to do here.”
For me to really be attracted to a character, I need a good character. I’m putting this out here because it runs counter to the MCU’s attempt to sex everything up: I have a huge crush on Silent Bob. Why? He is helpful, loyal, he has moments of wondrous compassion, and he has puppy eyes. None of that has to do with shots of chiseled abs or bulging biceps.
When I’m watching with my kid, I talk to her about it. “Hey Liz! Do you know why they showed that close-up of Black Widow in her skin tight black outfit? And why she’s not just wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt? That’s what I’d wear if I had to fight.”
“No…? I mean, besides the fact that it looks cool.”
“They’re trying to create sexual attraction to the characters, to make the whole thing seem more exciting and make people more likely to see the movie. They’ve chosen the most attractive actors and actresses, given them fitness programs to make sure they stay in shape, and filmed them in ways that make them look as attractive as possible.”
I make sure to point out that most people don’t look like that, and that’s okay. I tell her that I set my towel on the bench in the locker room instead of covering up when I’m changing, because real life is not a movie and I have no obligation to look like Black Widow.
I approach things that could be problematic (overly sexy or violent, racist, sexist, drug content, or just plain mean) in the media she watches by bringing it up. Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana, I’ve pointed out ads for dispensaries and talked about marijuana use. I talk to her about alcohol, since I drink it. I tell her why some of the memes she sees aren’t appropriate. And I point out overly sexualized content in moves. “Hey. This is a thing that happens. Here’s why. Here’s how to be smart about it.”
I hope I’m doing this right.
And WOW this was a long entry.