Are women trapped in film’s hurt locker?

The always engaging Manohla Dargis of the New York Times recently wrote a brilliant article about what Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director win at the Oscars means.  Dargis’ thorough, bullet-proof essay concludes that women in film are probed about their personal life more than men as well as “ghettoized in romantic comedy.”

This got me thinking about some of those recent movies, both romantic and comical, and just how they view women.  Let’s take a look at two of 2009’s biggest films: The Hangover and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

At a glance, these films may appear to have absolutely nothing in common.  On closer analysis though, they both share some kind of anti-feminist philosophy.   The Hangover operates under the philosophy that women are either a nuisance, or just total bitches, while New Moon treats its female “heroine” like a junkie looking for a testosterone fix.

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