I don’t know about you but I have clearly noticed that something really interesting happened in the conversation about The Social Network. Because Facebook is such a profound force in all our lives, the conversation about this film has been broader than just movie folks, and the issue about the women — or lack of women — in the film and their treatment has generated a lot of talk.
We all know there are many films and (TV shows) that treat women horribly. I remember a couple of years ago when No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood were Oscar contenders there was a brief conversation, from folks mostly abroad, about how Hollywood treats women.
But this time feels different.
Women are getting into the action and have written some fantastic pieces — some with personal observations of the tech world and Harvard — that have really called into question the treatment of women in this film.
The film in general gives a snapshot into this world and this is a world where women are viewed with little or no value. The conversation that has erupted from this says in no uncertain terms that you can’t get away with this even if the movie is good and even if it may be an Oscar front runner. It puts a mark on an otherwise incredibly well reviewed movie (97% on rotten tomatoes.)
Here’s a link to the ones I have found and my piece from last week.
The Social Network’s Female Props (Daily Beast)