Raunch Humor and Feminism

Today’s Role/Reboot piece was inspired by my dissatisfaction with Bachelorette, the Lizzy Caplan/Kirsten Dunst/Isla Fisher/Rebel Wilson wedding comedy that I was so looking forward to.

I watched it by myself, which might be why it made me so sad, but I just couldn’t find the heart under the coke, vomit, and mean-girl one-liners. On the one hand, I want women to be allowed to behave “badly” on screen–I think it’s humanizing compared to the many one-dimensional, shellacked, lingerie-sporting sidekicks we often see,–on the other hand, what’s the difference between this and Real Housewives? Women treat each other like crap, friendship is mostly a platform to act out your envy, and filling the gaps in your happiness with drugs and sex is normal.

I think Bachelorette was supposed to have more substance, but it felt told instead of shown. You drove your friend to the abortion clinic? That must mean you care about each other. Too bad nothing you do reflects that you like each other, much less any deep wells of emotion.

Anyway, I was thinking about the relationship between potty humor, raunch culture, and feminist media, which is what inspired this, which is mostly about Bridesmaids and not Bachelorette, but whatever…

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5 responses to “Raunch Humor and Feminism

  1. Interesting analysis. I’m looking forward to checking out this moving and seeing what all the buzz is about.

    – K.

  2. I haven’t seen Bachelorette, so I can’t justifiably comment on it. But I think the point you made in your Role/Reboot post was excellent–human behavior as displayed on film or in the media, whether “male” or “female”, needs to come to a point where it represents a spectrum, otherwise it just becomes caricature (regardless of whether women are being disgusting or men are being, I don’t know, sentimental or something). We want to see women on screen who fart and burp and have problems, but we also want them to do everything else that women do. The same goes for men. If we can’t expand the way we portray characters in movies like these, it’s all going to be tiring and disappointing, if not worse.

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