Portrayal of women in movies and tv series is getting better and better. Earlier this year, I came across Fleabag and I loved it. There aren’t many tv series I have watched more than once, but this is definitely one.
Recently I watched Plus One. While the plot was veeery predictable, I freaking loved Alice: strong character, cynical, funny, straightforward.
Alice: You wouldn’t last two weeks. You would find something wrong with her, and then you would bail.
Ben: That is not true.
A: Yes, it is. It’s so true!
B: You don’t know that. I’m just trying to make sure the person I end up with is right. I’m trying to find, you know…
A: Do not say “the one.”
B: …the one.
A: Oh, my God. You’re just… so stupid.
B: I don’t think I am.
A: Someone as grotesquely tall and gangly as you doesn’t have the right to be picky.
B: Wow. Thank you so much, Alice. And what about you? How was Trevor?
A: Oh, yeah. Nothing happened. I just got his number.
A: But I just… I got to do a little personal maintenance first.
B: Yeah. Sure.
A: You know what I’m saying? Got to run the raccoons out of the trash cans.
B: I know! Alice, I know.
A: I got to mow the back lawn.
B: I got it.
A: I’ve got a hairy ass and vagina.
B: I heard you.
B: Alice, these are just excuses. You know that.
A: They’re not excuses. I’m not in the mood to go on dates right now. That’s it.
Then there was the tv series Undone. Besides the visual awesomeness, Alma is weird, funny, direct.
Jacob: And that got me thinking. Research had recently come out showing that people with schizophrenia, like my mother, they have large ventricles.
Alma: Aw, sexy.
J: Ventricles are the central pockets of fluid in the brain.
A: I know. What’s sexier than big pockets of fluid? Right?
J: So, okay, I got to thinking maybe mystics and priestesses and shamans, maybe they also have larger ventricles. Maybe their abilities come from a specific brain structure.
Not really related to the portrayal of women, but in When They See Us, Kevin’s sister gives a pretty good definition of happiness:
something to look forward to
Yeah… about that…
played by Maya Erskine. I looked at what else she was in, and there is this tv series called PEN15 which I’m really not sure I would like. I think it might contain too many american middle school tropes. ↩︎
played by Rosa Salazar, who happens to be the main character in the mildly disappointing Alita: Battle Angel ↩︎