How movies teach manhood | Colin Stokes

Translator: Morton Bast
Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha You know, my favorite part of being a dad is the movies I get to watch. I love sharing my favorite movies with my kids, and when my daughter was four, we got to watch “The Wizard of Oz” together. It totally dominated her imagination for months. Her favorite character was Glinda, of course. It gave her a great excuse to wear a sparkly dress and carry a wand. But you watch that movie enough times, and you start to realize how unusual it is. Now we live today, and are raising our children, in a kind of children’s-fantasy-spectacular-industrial complex. But “The Wizard of Oz” stood alone. It did not start that trend. Forty years later was when the trend really caught on, with, interestingly, another movie that featured a metal guy and a furry guy rescuing a girl by dressing up as the enemy’s guards. Do you know what I’m talking about? (Laughter) Yeah. Now, there’s a big difference between these two movies, a couple of really big differences between “The Wizard of Oz” and all the movies we watch today. One is there’s very little violence in “The Wizard of Oz.” The monkeys are rather aggressive, as are the apple trees. But I think if “The Wizard of Oz” were made today, the wizard would say, “Dorothy, you are the savior of Oz that the prophecy foretold. Use your magic slippers to defeat the computer-generated armies of the Wicked Witch.” But that’s not how it happens. Another thing that’s really unique about “The Wizard of Oz” to me is that all of the most heroic and wise and even villainous characters are female. Now I started to notice this when I actually showed “Star Wars” to my daughter, which was years later, and the situation was different. At that point I also had a son. He was only three at the time. He was not invited to the screening. He was too young for that. But he was the second child, and the level of supervision had plummeted. (Laughter) So he wandered in, and it imprinted on him like a mommy duck does to its duckling, and I don’t think he understands what’s going on, but he is sure soaking in it. And I wonder what he’s soaking in. Is he picking up on the themes of courage and perseverance and loyalty? Is he picking up on the fact that Luke joins an army to overthrow the government? Is he picking up on the fact that there are only boys in the universe except for Aunt Beru, and of course this princess, who’s really cool, but who kind of waits around through most of the movie so that she can award the hero with a medal and a wink to thank him for saving the universe, which he does by the magic that he was born with? Compare this to 1939 with “The Wizard of Oz.” How does Dorothy win her movie? By making friends with everybody and being a leader. That’s kind of the world I’d rather raise my kids in — Oz, right? — and not the world of dudes fighting, which is where we kind of have to be. Why is there so much Force — capital F, Force — in the movies we have for our kids, and so little yellow brick road? There is a lot of great writing about the impact that the boy-violent movie has on girls, and you should do that reading. It’s very good. I haven’t read as much on how boys are picking up on this vibe. I know from my own experience that Princess Leia did not provide the adequate context that I could have used in navigating the adult world that is co-ed. (Laughter) I think there was a first-kiss moment when I really expected the credits to start rolling because that’s the end of the movie, right? I finished my quest, I got the girl. Why are you still standing there? I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. The movies are very, very focused on defeating the villain and getting your reward, and there’s not a lot of room for other relationships and other journeys. It’s almost as though if you’re a boy, you are a dopey animal, and if you are a girl, you should bring your warrior costume. There are plenty of exceptions, and I will defend the Disney princesses in front of any you. But they do send a message to boys, that they are not, the boys are not really the target audience. They are doing a phenomenal job of teaching girls how to defend against the patriarchy, but they are not necessarily showing boys how they’re supposed to defend against the patriarchy. There’s no models for them. And we also have some terrific women who are writing new stories for our kids, and as three-dimensional and delightful as Hermione and Katniss are, these are still war movies. And, of course, the most successful studio of all time continues to crank out classic after classic, every single one of them about the journey of a boy, or a man, or two men who are friends, or a man and his son, or two men who are raising a little girl. Until, as many of you are thinking, this year, when they finally came out with “Brave.” I recommend it to all of you. It’s on demand now. Do you remember what the critics said when “Brave” came out? “Aw, I can’t believe Pixar made a princess movie.” It’s very good. Don’t let that stop you. Now, almost none of these movies pass the Bechdel Test. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this. It has not yet caught on and caught fire, but maybe today we will start a movement. Alison Bechdel is a comic book artist, and back in the mid-’80s, she recorded this conversation she’d had with a friend about assessing the movies that they saw. And it’s very simple. There’s just three questions you should ask: Is there more than one character in the movie that is female who has lines? So try to meet that bar. And do these women talk to each other at any point in the movie? And is their conversation about something other than the guy that they both like? (Laughter) Right? Thank you. (Applause) Thank you very much. Two women who exist and talk to each other about stuff. It does happen. I’ve seen it, and yet I very rarely see it in the movies that we know and love. In fact, this week I went to see a very high-quality movie, “Argo.” Right? Oscar buzz, doing great at the box office, a consensus idea of what a quality Hollywood film is. It pretty much flunks the Bechdel test. And I don’t think it should, because a lot of the movie, I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but a lot of the movie takes place in this embassy where men and women are hiding out during the hostage crisis. We’ve got quite a few scenes of the men having deep, angst-ridden conversations in this hideout, and the great moment for one of the actresses is to peek through the door and say, “Are you coming to bed, honey?” That’s Hollywood for you. So let’s look at the numbers. 2011, of the 100 most popular movies, how many of them do you think actually have female protagonists? Eleven. It’s not bad. It’s not as many percent as the number of women we’ve just elected to Congress, so that’s good. But there is a number that is greater than this that’s going to bring this room down. Last year, The New York Times published a study that the government had done. Here’s what it said. One out of five women in America say that they have been sexually assaulted some time in their life. Now, I don’t think that’s the fault of popular entertainment. I don’t think kids’ movies have anything to do with that. I don’t even think that music videos or pornography are really directly related to that, but something is going wrong, and when I hear that statistic, one of the things I think of is that’s a lot of sexual assailants. Who are these guys? What are they learning? What are they failing to learn? Are they absorbing the story that a male hero’s job is to defeat the villain with violence and then collect the reward, which is a woman who has no friends and doesn’t speak? Are we soaking up that story? You know, as a parent with the privilege of raising a daughter like all of you who are doing the same thing, we find this world and this statistic very alarming and we want to prepare them. We have tools at our disposal like “girl power,” and we hope that that will help, but I gotta wonder, is girl power going to protect them if, at the same time, actively or passively, we are training our sons to maintain their boy power? I mean, I think the Netflix queue is one way that we can do something very important, and I’m talking mainly to the dads here. I think we have got to show our sons a new definition of manhood. The definition of manhood is already turning upside down. You’ve read about how the new economy is changing the roles of caregiver and wage earner. They’re throwing it up in the air. So our sons are going to have to find some way of adapting to this, some new relationship with each other, and I think we really have to show them, and model for them, how a real man is someone who trusts his sisters and respects them, and wants to be on their team, and stands up against the real bad guys, who are the men who want to abuse the women. And I think our job in the Netflix queue is to look out for those movies that pass the Bechdel Test, if we can find them, and to seek out the heroines who are there, who show real courage, who bring people together, and to nudge our sons to identify with those heroines and to say, “I want to be on their team,” because they’re going to be on their team. When I asked my daughter who her favorite character was in “Star Wars,” do you know what she said? Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Glinda. What do these two have in common? Maybe it’s not just the sparkly dress. I think these people are experts. I think these are the two people in the movie who know more than anybody else, and they love sharing their knowledge with other people to help them reach their potential. Now, they are leaders. I like that kind of quest for my daughter, and I like that kind of quest for my son. I want more quests like that. I want fewer quests where my son is told, “Go out and fight it alone,” and more quests where he sees that it’s his job to join a team, maybe a team led by women, to help other people become better and be better people, like the Wizard of Oz. Thank you.

100 Replies to “How movies teach manhood | Colin Stokes”

  1. Boys are sissified today through the social engineering of TV.
    Get rid of cable and watch documentaries-it's difficult enough to filter out the crap in those ….

  2. how can anyone trust someone when you have women who can just say she was sexually harassed by some man that doesn't know who she is and get arrested. At the same time there are a lot of men out there that believe being nice to a woman gives them the right to having the female. Men will say women are weak, women will say men are weak when in reality everyone is and things won't change overnight unless everyone just collectively decides to change at the same time.

  3. Mr. Stokes has a special definition of "violence" when he says "there's very little violence in 'The Wizard of Oz."

    In fact, anyone raised on 20th century depth psychology knows that there's a lot of violence in the film, only it's represented in the form of secondary revisions.

    Dorothy, the passive-aggressive heroine of the movie, punishes all the adults who she felt humiliated her, at least in her self-centered mind.

    Thus the man who tells her to have courage and to confront the witch, is turned into a cowardly lion.

    The man who tells her to use her brain and find another route where her dog, Toto, will not harass Miss Gulch, becomes brainless in her fantasy. When we see him again, as the Straw Man, he himself gives contradictory directions, a punishment typical of Dante's contrapasso, or counter-passion. One is reminded of his disparaging remark to Dorothy in Kansas: "your head ain't made of straw, you know."

    A weakness of the film is that Hickory (the Tin Man) is not as carefully scripted to explain why he lacks a heart. But psychologically he represents all of the farm family who seem to be heartless in Dorothy's mind, with little time for her.

    Miss Gulch, of course, becomes the Evil Witch. But even the other adults, such as her uncle and aunt who are too busy to recognize her all-important concerns, are reduced to Munchkins, much smaller than she, and who worship her and make her the center of their attention and adoration.

    The all-wise and all-powerful Wizard himself, clearly a displaced image of the all-wise and all-powerful paternal figure, turns out to be nothing but a charlatan whom Dorothy chastises, as she chastises the lion for his cowardice, as she felt he had chastised her in Kansas.

    By the end of the film, this passive-aggressive heroine is the center of attention, as she has always wished to be, seemingly enthroned in her bed as men who previously had no time for her kneel down in adoration and concern.

    The entire story is in fact a variation on the Cinderella motif, with the fairy godmother, the special coach in which she sits enthoned, etc.

    Thus, in this hominist reading of the movie, one can see how Dorothy Gale is "God's gift," while her surname represents her repressed violence in the form of a gale, or twister, which can tear down a house that doesn't recognize her as the center of attention. "Toto," of course means "all," and her dog is all that Dorothy cares about, regardless of her hard-working uncle and aunt.

    Stokes' comment that "all of the wise and heroic and even villainous characters are female" spins it through feminist ideology.

    Stokes seems to see this as an admirable trait in the film, but our hominist analysis shows otherwise.

    Dorothy only reflects the gynocentric narcissistic world view of a pubescent woman who thinks that she is, or at least that she should be, the center of attention. If she's not, then men must be punished for it. Does that sound familiar?

    What do young women learn from the film? Apparently that the only men in Dorothy's fantasy are pathetic weak men (cowards, brainless, and heartless), over whom Dorothy feels great superiority, which she would not normally feel back home (in reality), in Kansas?

    To say that Dorothy makes friends with everyone and is a leader, as Stokes does, is rather disingenuous.

    All of Dorothy's power is supernatural. They are privileges allowed, in fairy tales, only to women: that of being a princess worthy of adoration, while the only friends she makes are clearly are inferiors in her fantasy, not her peers.

    As for Stokes' reference to "the patriarchy," hominism has made clear that the female principle created the patriarchy to serve women, and women and women alone sustain the patriarchy.

    What patriarch is forcing women to paint their faces or to sexualize, and thus objectify, their bodies, when most of these women have more money than many men will make in a lifetime, and are their own bosses?

    Women sustain the patriarchy precisely by playing the passive role, as Dorothy does in the film.

    Thus, by the end of the film, the family and farm hands all attend to her, almost like an ephipany of the Christmas creche. Indeed, the three farmhands are kneeling in adoration. What more could that narcissistic tween ask for?

    It's a fantasy Nativity scene. Only the coddled baby Jesus is now the coddled pubescent Dorothy. "This is my room and you are all here," comes as close to Her Majesty's fantasy as reality permits.

    If Stokes wants a truly liberated image of a young woman, then he must consult "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen.

    In that tale, the heroine, Gerda, is not merely assertive only when her dormant libido is awakened by a man, or a good witch. She is active throughout, thus representing Freud's premise of a single active libido in both men and women. Throughout the tale she takes the risks that normally men take, in order to save her male friend, Kai and awaken him from his frozen and dormant state.

  4. As a little girl, I loved lord of the rings 🙈.
    Today I see… it's kind of a only-male-group with some women added to the cast (fortunately Eowin is strong and Arwin brave).
    Just wanna say… it's still cliche, but at least a bit emancipated.
    Back then… I didn't mind having a almost-only-male-cast.
    I just really loved the character Gandalf :).
    Didn't care about the gender, only the wisdom ^^!)

  5. The point was good that movies do teach violence but this guy is a feminist and very stupid, he is very blue pilled..
    When a guy blames patriarchy, I become alert very soon.

  6. Stokes, you're frustrated with how the world teaches our children, so you advocate political correctness. You didn't mention how the market place drives our stories, how our stories are deeply imbedded in our past stories. You didn't say enough about female characters being violent and warlike, emulating that sort of male. Young boys don't need to have females as role models. They need to have wise people, like Obi Wan and Glenda, as role models.

  7. Like the video. However I always face palm when people use Princess Leia as an example of a damsel in distress. Yes it is male characters that attempt to save her, but if you actually pay attention and think about what happens in the scene you'll discover that all Luke and Han really do is open a door. When the storm troopers come into the room and start shooting Leia is the one who takes the blaster and shoots a hole into the garbage shoot, saving everyone. Not to mention the fact that she's the only one on the Falcon who is knowledgeable enough to understand that the empire is tracking them. Really she's the most competent of the main cast until Luke blows up the death star. I don't see why the father was so worried about his three year old son seeing star wars. Seeing people join forces to fight evil would likely have no negative effect.

  8. Yet another example of how people who fail at parenting blame the world and the "patriarichy" for everything they find "problematic". Pathetic feminized beta.

  9. Al Seb
    “Stands up against the real bad guys”? I heard that assailants are loving partners, relatives, people close, and also further away. And hard working feminists have found that left wing men with all their values are just as problematic as right wing men. We’re lying to ourselves about the power that hormones have. Since the death penalty isn’t a deterrent, nor life imprisonment, we need to find a solution that will prevent situations with the knowledge that its biological. How many well intentioned partners will pester for it sometime this month?

  10. This guy needs to get a life. If you want to effect change focus on single mothers. Being a child of a single mother is the single worst indicator for a child. Parental abuse, neglect, prison, runaways you name it. Or I guess you could blame children's movies instead. Because that's convenient and people clap after your presentation.

  11. Let's have something like a Bechdel test for men:

    1. There are two men with names.
    2. They talk to each other.
    3. Neither one of them tries to physically hurt another man, nor does another man try to hurt them.

    I wonder how many movies would pass.

  12. I have actually told a friend of mine "Men in this male dominated society aren't all born equal. We are held to high standards as to who we are supposed to be, what we're supposed to do, and what we need to accomplish." Men are judged in three criteria; Success, Power, and Usefulness. In fact, a young man is taught (or made to think) his value is based on the size of his pay check (Provider), the size of his muscles (protector), and the size of his penis (pleasurer). Men are worth only as much as whatever skills or resources they possess so that they may be of use to someone else. I've noticed how in male hierarchies, the higher up you are on the social ladder, the more freedom or privilege you possess. I originally thought that this was because of less and less supervising agents. However, I feel as if its believed among such circles that this person has "earned" this "privilege". Consequently, this also means that the lower you are on the social hiararchy, the more rules you have to follow and the greater consequences held over your head. This basically tells me that while boys are taught morals, morals basically come second to success, and that the more successful (or popular) you are the less moral you're allowed to be. This creates the "I can do whatever I want" mentality.

    There are certain consequences to the "usefulness" standards men are held to. The first is competition. MEN HAVE TO COMPETE WITH OTHER MEN! In some areas, competition is potentially a healthy aspect of male culture. Such as games or sports, competition is used as a form of male bonding. In other areas, competition can be very toxic, such as in the work place, or in dating. Men are made to compete against each other for resources, in which someone has to win and someone has to lose. The loser not only misses out on important resources, but may actually face ridicule. Where competition is healthy is when it's purely a comparison of skill and winning or losing has little to no consequence. Where competition is toxic is when winning or losing actually has consequences, such as the gaining or losing of resources or peer status. Either way, but it is often considered a necessary evil.

    The second consequence is A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SUCCEED ON ONE'S OWN. Men don't have television shows, celebrities, media, or entire social movements constantly trying to encourage them, telling that they can succeed. They don't have programs, systems, rules, or organizations that work to specifically ensure their security in any given situation. Boys are taught that their worth is judged by their own individual success, and only when they succeed off their own skill and merit. In fact, they are even ridiculed for succeeding by unpopular means. While men will work together for a mutual goal (such as the success of a company), they are still expected to compete for higher paying jobs, social status among peer groups, potential dates, or even survival. Men are not allowed to ask for help. They have to obtain resources on their own ability, or they get nothing at all, and may even lose something in the process. To ask for help, or to require sympathy, is to be dishonored and emasculated.

    Men are themselves objectified. But where as women are objectified to the level of a trophy, something to represent status, men are objectified as tools, objects to serve a useful purpose for someone else. Men are held to high moral standards, but morals matter less than individual power, dominance, and success. Men who achieve these things can practically do whatever they want within they're own circles. Men who fail to achieve these things are often the subject of ridicule. A man isn't allowed to ask for help, or even encouragement. He is not praised for latent or undiscovered skills or abilities. Only when he succeeds can he be praised. Men are not only held to these strict standards by other men, but also by women. All the while, "Girl Power" is bought and sold as a product. The defining trait of Masculinity is "Responsibility", of which the average man has in far greater quantities than he has freedom.

    The worst part is is that a man doesn't even own his own existence. He exists to serve some entity greater than himself, whether it be a boss, a lover, his government, or the strict culture he's born into. Of all the abilities a man has, he is expected to act as provider and protector towards an external entity and expect very little, or nothing, in return; not even to have someone protect or provide for him. A man supposedly can live by his own rules if he possesses enough power and resources to do so. However, even then he's still expected to live up to certain standards. Even at the top, he must still display power and dominance. This may mean he's not only encouraged, but required to ridicule others and keep in line to preserve his position. He is not allowed to display vulnerability of any kind, because then someone else may be able to threaten his position. He may not even do things that go against socially accepted norms because that makes him look vulnerable. And this can include taking an interest in something thought of as un-manly or immature or actively challenging the prevailing culture. This is why creatively minded men are often made fun of by their peers. A man never possesses power over his own life. Even at the top, he's still a servant of his culture. Just them, he's simply the culture's representation.

    As an aspiring fiction writer myself, I like to use this understanding of male culture to tell a story. My main character not only deals with masculine hierarchies, but also observes them from an outside point if view. He is both an outsider and someone lower on the male social hierarchy. He deals with strict expectations, the challenges of a social outcast, is forced to face the coercion (adult bullying) at the hands of both another man (and a few women) of higher social status. He obtains power and dominance by less than traditional means. Then he decides to use his success to challenge the culture surrounding him, and live by his own rules and act on his own principles. This includes him trying to force two of his female peers away from the passive damsel role, holding them to the same expectations he holds himself to. He is then met with opposition by both male and female peers due to his decision.

    I believe what you're focusing on is in correct, or to the very least one sided. The prevailing culture is, by nature, male dominated. This doesn't mean only men succeed. It means success is defined by standards attributed to "Traditional Masculinity." When we encourage women to succeed, and making sure they do, we are more often than not indoctrinating them into the patriarchy than actually fighting against it. What this means is we are granting women greater privileges but not holding them to the same standards, simply because their women. While they reach greater positions within social/economic hierarchies, the men who possess the same potential to succeed, but not given as much help or encouragement, have a hard time keeping up. Both men and women ARE EQUAL AND POSSESS THE POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS, thus what is separating the too is encouragement and help getting there. We shouldn't focus on female success within male dominated culture. We should instead focus on challenging male dominated culture, changing its rules, beliefs, values, and habits. Then we can not only allow women to succeed, but help men as well. That is the only way we can create REAL gender equality. Men and women need to be held to equal standards. So we either teach girls to live by the same rules as boys in the prevailing society (meaning the ones listed above. ALL OF THEM), or we change the culture, creating a new set of rules and standards that everyone, no matter gender, must follow.

  13. I like that quest for my daughter too. I met this guy that is real good to me, Garren. So not all men are like that. But I wish a better world for my little girl.

  14. Wizard of Oz the original one you showed traumatized my childhood,
    I catagorized it a horror movie which I never dare to watch again up until now 30 years later.
    How you landed in a strange place ready to devour you whole even before your first step,
    the rocks and cave wall just talk and smell,
    or how the queen just cut the heads out of others and changing them like cloths,
    every single part of it was too horrify they still haunting me today.

  15. I Love the message of his speech but The title should be changed it is really misleading because for more than 75% the speech is about women empowerment and only 25% about manhood.

  16. "Only Aunt Beru & Leia,…" Despite the fact that one of the leaders of the resistance, Mon Mothma, is in fact a female.
    More SJW drivel.

  17. Did this dumbass really say that Princess Leia is a weak woman? She is the leader of the rebellion!!! She stood up to Vader. She shot storm troopers. Did this guy actually ever WATCH Star Wars?

  18. And yet this man grew up watching all those violent, male orientated cowboy shows and all the John Wayne and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, etc. And yet still managed to have this "enlightened" view. Where now, those same types of movies that he grew up with are bad for today's young people that didn't affect him!

  19. I think we need movies with no one in them so we don't disrespect anyone. It could be so relatable, no one in the movie, no one in my life, 10/10

  20. Complete Politically Correct trash, watch South Park or it's a Wonderful Life everyone has rough equally quit trying to feminize the only place a man can go to relax, his TV.

  21. This guy said thag these movies show a violent image of men in tbese cartoons this isnt the correct word violent is an action that harms another with tbe intent of harm, no boys go actively harming eachother they stsrt with friendly fighting and turns into violence with tbe level of intensity thats taking place. Example 2 boys playing with star wars light sabers and one accidentally nails the other with a semi hard blow they continue fighting but the intesisty grows making them more determined to hit the other until they do intend to harm the other. The over all cause of male violence and aggression in society has to do with competition it doesnt not matter the the circumstance if there's two guys competition will always occur.

  22. It is amazing how messed up our world is that we literally have to have people publicly talk about it to finally make ourselves aware and maybe do something. How did we get this way? I am disappointed in humanity. Shaking my head. Sighing in disappointment.

  23. lol when i watched star wars at that age the only thing on my mind was using the force and wielding a light saber, Sometimes i think people overthink all this stuff when it comes to kids, if your child cant distinguish a movie from reality then they should not be watching t.v. ..there was no deeper message obtained by your kid…..sometimes things can just be cool and kids like to watch it. Maybe i had the luxury of watching all types of things as a child. But movies from Disney and Lucas films in no way influenced me to be a better person when i was a kid or notice any lesson or reality about life, could of been about anything, moving images on a screen was cool enough could watch anything for hours and have no understanding knowledge of what i just watched. Great example would be a kid i know who's parents are horror buffs would let their 3 year old watch Freddy and Jason and even chunky. Used to babysit him and thought he was going to be a legit psycho, he would sit in his cot and laugh at all the most of the horrific scenes, and would always ask where Michel was. hes 12 now and is scared of these monsters, soon as he understood what was happening in those horror films, You ask what messaged were absorbed, probably none at all =D but that's my experience

  24. I always had this question in my mind and I just want to know if it's just me. Everytime I'd see things about how the older Disney movies are problematic, I would always think that how can u even learn serious things from those movies. I never ever took those movies as examples of how I should act or how life is. I just don't understand how parents can get mad over these fairy tale movies and say that those movies are teaching mad things to little girls. Like can't you just teach your children and give them actual examples to be good people and explain to them that Disney or movies in general aren't where they should learn how to act from? I'm not saying that all movies should just be the same where the guy saves the girl and what not, of course it's great to see good female characters in movies . But why should parents even think of the excuse that movies are the ones that are making their children the way they are. Isn't it their own fault that they can't teach their kids on how to just be a good person and how to understand that movies are JUST MOVIES. (I would love to know a lot more on this subject and know people's opinion on this, I'm not trying to say anything I said is the definitive right answer or the truth and I'm definitely not very knowledgeable as I'm just a kid myself)

  25. Looks like movie studios got the wrong message. Now females no longer act like females, they are only interested in power and domination over men. It's as if someone wants revenge on the subjugation of women in the past.

  26. Movies aren't parents. Parents are parents. Movies are entertainment; a medium used to escape reality, not to define it. Watching movies is an opportunity for parents to explain to their children about right and wrong, good and evil… and those things don't always line up with what's found in movies. BTW, Patriarchy isn't a dirty word.

  27. If a world we live in needs to go back to wizard of Oz teachings, every movie industry must join in and not quit so that guys take interest. I hope it's a good time to do it now because boys are asking for less of the ''man up''.

  28. Ok, first-able. There is nothing wrong with an adventure world with mostly male characters when the man is a leader and is rewarded by a female princess! Second, there is not such a think a patriarchy (in the negative sense) if it is something like that it is the matriarchy what we really need to defend against. It started in the 1960's and it has been oppressing men harder and harder since than, and diminishing the value of women. Before that women were treated like royalty with respect and had a very special place in society (culturally and socially speaking). Now women value had been diminished as regular worker, and forcing them to be more masculine, rejecting the importance and value of the role of wife and mother, it is a vicious attack to femininity, family and an open attack to womanhood! And don't get me started to the even more cultural and social attacks to masculinity. What we need is to empower men and boys to be more masculine and take more leadership roles. We need to bring back and cultivate the traditional gender roles that liberal and left call "stereotypes". Now we wonder why young kids are gender confuse.

  29. Loving the series “avatar the last air bender” it teaches many things and has equal male and female characters who are both good an evil

  30. Jesus guys, hollywood cares about money. If there’s money in making men protagonists… then why not? If more multiracial groups watched X movie, there would be more multiracial groups to pander to, and therefore money.

    Also the sexual assault statistic is wrong. Thankfully it’s not 1-5 women. That would be horrifying

  31. The wizard of Oz is a movie based of a book that was a political and economic allegory for the late 1800s so it's not your usual hero's journey so it makes sense that it doesn't follow the norm of what we see today.

  32. Pass. This whole presentation came off as very basic. Like it only looked at the very top layer of these issues, without any digging in to substance or facts.

  33. Ok, this went South. One the statistics are wrong FBI reports show 1/56 get sexually assaulted (if I recall correctly) ((Not that this number is acceptable either, but it's the truth)). Two I don't think I know of a single male friend of mine with a sister that doesn't love and respect her and that will give his life for her if the situation called for. Three movies have the single guy/girl adventure formula because is convenient for the plot and movie development, also it's not a wrong perspective, even though in life you will find people like Dorothy did on her quest that will help you, I highly likely that you will have to spend time months or years alone when the whole world seems to be against you, think of Jesus, Ghandi or Martin Luther King Jr. They became followed as leader because when they were all alone with no one to extend a hand, the lead their lives to greener pastures through hardships. Please don't ruin your boy indoctrinating him that there will be people who will help him in all his life, because that a lie and a promise you can't guarantee you'll keep. As for your girl teach her to be the version of herself that lets her express her feeling and potentials to the fullest and not putting her on a mold telling her she has to be a leader. You would be amazed ok how much girls love being feminine and how boys just love to be masculine, if yours don't let them chose.

  34. What!!!
    "join a team led by women…" so serve women and then marry one and keep serving by "compromising" since that is the basis of a lasting relationship (women tell us, movies tell us too)

    And why not join a team led by men?

  35. The problem with media and its portrayal of the relationship between men and women is that its more accurate than we would like to believe in almost all of our shared human history women were protected by men constantly at the expense(and or death) of many men, even some that could be catagorized as incapable men.
    You see even in todays society women are still considered to be more important examples of them are everywhere; "release the women and children atleast", "women and children in the life boats first", some one breaks in to the house , men go risk there life to protect women, women werent mandatory for the draft, almost every war ever fought were fought mostly by men. Just facts and history. Sadly these thing are not talked about when people argue the side of women not being represented accurately the question is what is considered more accurate tje strong woman who is depend on her man or husband to be strong for the both of them or the woman being depended on by the man or husband to protect him or maybe the man and woman both bring seprate things to the table so they can depend on eachother, the man protects his home and the woman protects her man.
    The thing is if we really want to discuss how things are were doing it wrong. We look at the way men are always saving the girl and winning the battle. But instead we should be looking at it from the other side. In star wars luke and han saves the day and the get rewarded but on the other side stormtroopers died leaving behind wives children parents all for the sake of protecting those who are not charge to join the war to protect their women and families from a foriegn attack that threatens their way of life.
    So lets take a step back and look at it again whose really drawing the short straw the o e who risk their lives to protect their loved ones or the ones being protected.

    The way i see it yh women aren't under represented in media and films but they arent really misrepresented. Its just not really what people want to see anymore. Evidence of not misrepresentation in media; men always fight, and in reality how many women do you know that would sign up to join the draft.

  36. Not to upset the apple cart but I'm waiting for the counter speech which would be :how movies teach Womanhood. using current movies which show women acting out the very same things that they call men out for: check out Atomic Blonde or any of the girls night out movies that have come out in the past years. I don't see Dorothy making friends and working out Solutions in any of those movies.

  37. 素晴らしい。感動した。特に悪を倒した報酬に無口で友達のいない女性をもらうことを学んだのか?ってところを全人類に見て聞いてほしい。

  38. What happened to making movies because they were good… instead, we are too obsessed with making cinema politically correct, and passing some test.

  39. Let them watch GI JANE when they're old enough. It's always my getting up movie and I just love it, it was at '97 far before it's time! And I can't understand the bad critiques at all. Every time I'm down and think I can't do something, I'm watching Lieutenant O'Neill how she' s becoming a Navy Seal regardless of the political games and the toxic males. 😀

  40. In my entire life, there was only 1 series where I loved to watch every episode – Avatar(Aang, anime). It seems like the rest all have a huge amount of drama and tension in it and then I just watch the next episodes because I know that this problem is getting solved but I don't fully enjoy watching the drama. Avatar also passes the Bechdel test and in my child, I learn something about meditation, a lot of lovely human values and how to solve violent problems with peaceful solutions. Today I don't know but this could be a factor why I am meditating every day now and love to interact with humans. I would definitely recommend watching this anime with your children, Netflix also announced that they will remake the series. How beautiful 🙂

  41. I was a caregiver for 16 years. My grandmother, Mother in law, and ultimately wife who passed as well. What incentive is there to be caring is the most important question. I lost 3 houses and am now on disability mentally broken it seems some days. It was worth it because of my heart but everyone around me looked at me like the idiot who made a dumb choice because they were dying anyway type thing. We need to change people's way of thinking about each other in general and make the value of every life go up.

  42. I do think media has influence on us… I hope in future the contents will be made focusing on the reality we expect it to be… Like It doesn't matter if someone is different,born with disabilities or have different color, religion or culture, having flaws is not a bad thing and the main character should not always be perfect… rather normal who wins heart with empathy,celebrate diversity and brave enough to challenge the loopholes of the system .

  43. So, according to that guy, insted of having fun, movies should be done to control masses behavior? King Jon-un would like him!

  44. The key to evolution was/is division of labor. Nature has been at it long before the industrial revolution and thrived in what the French called "Vive la différence". Social engineering has been disastrous to the western society, yet Mr. Colins subliminally calls for more of the same?

  45. The key to evolution was/is division of labor. Nature has been at it long before the industrial revolution and thrived in what the French called "Vive la différence". Social engineering has been disastrous to the western society, yet Mr. Colins subliminally calls for more of the same?

  46. So my two favorite movies when I was little were The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound of Music. Both pass the Bechdel test, go figure

  47. Guys he is right, even though I am a girl even I was affected from these movies. I was trying to beat my siblings and my dad with violence.In the movies female lead always tries to solve problem with friendship like my little pony however male leads always trains to defeat enemies like adventure time,bleach and ı these movies sometimes they kill enemies .When I was little whenever I watched series with main leads like adventure time because of series like this I always dreamed of becoming a warrior defeats everyone.

  48. destroying manhood and making mary sues is the solution of netflix, still, women want a strong and confident man at the end, like or not, a man that know what he really want and nobody tells him to think other way by fear of call him sexism or insecure. do you want equal treatment, you can have it, but there will always a leader man or women there will be always one ( and other fighting for that possition).
    Im glad that women reach high places nowadays, i have my sister that is the woman that i most admire, and she reach a high place because our father push her ahead, but cartoons today show a mary sue that can do everything and a man that act like a kitty or a chihuahua. showing a manly boy is sexist, but is a woman has the same behavior that a "toxic male" the she is strong.

  49. I'm liked much of the talk but toward the end you seem to say only men are ever bad. How about teach them to protect everyone from anyone that is harmful. Also seem. Suggest that it should just always be boys following girls. Boys should be encouraged to lead sometimes also. Also. What about the toxic movie trope of having a weak women slap the male protagonist over petty hurt feelings?

  50. thank u so much for this video .it will change lives for the better good💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

  51. There is an old and totally underrated Disney movie called " brother bear". Now it definitely doesn't pass the test cause there are nearly no women protagonists but it is a perfect example of what "being a man" should be and it's not something you can find in any other movie

  52. 5:20 – is when he introduces the term Patriarchy. Yet the reason for the use is never present and not established. Very poor thinking, given the cultural climate against Disney's clear attempt, which he acknowledged…

  53. Second, I notice how the Bechdel test missed Fight Club. It's subtle, but nonetheless the movie qualifies.
    Bechdel is NOT a quality indicator by any stretch.

  54. The whole video through I thought "what's your damn point?". Then I realized it's just another way to missunderstand and destroy masculinity.

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