Misogynistic moments from movie classics that'll make you cringe today
Classic movies often got away with a lot of misogyny that wouldn't fly if filmed today. Nowadays, we're so concerned with offending each other we compete to be the most "woke," particularly when it comes to the media we consume. No longer afraid to speak out if there's an ideological issue with the latest movie, TV show, song, we let everyone know about it.
The Force Awakens' Rey was (laughably) considered a Mary Sue by certain corners of the Internet because she had the gall to know how to fly the Millennium Falcon and major backlash ensued. The release of IT, the biggest horror movie opening weekend in history, brought with it a wave of think-pieces on whether Beverly was actually a victim of ingrained misogyny. Elsewhere, in conversation with Birth.Movies.Death earlier this year, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve stressed how important it was to ensure the female characters were more than ciphers this time around.
It hasn't always been this easy to pick and choose which media we consume based on the ideological concerns of its creators, or to complain when it doesn't fit the bill. And, when it comes to classic movies (itself a misnomer, since the word "classic" is open to interpretation), there are some real clunkers. The following are some of the worst incidents of blatant misogyny in classic movies.