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Quote of the Day: Michelle Rodriguez Criticizes Guys Version of Strong Women

by Inkoo Kang
November 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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Michelle Rodriguez

In a wide-ranging interview with Latina Magazine, Michelle Rodriguez proves yet again that she's one of the gutsiest actresses in Hollywood by calling out the film industry's skewed vision of "strong women." The solution? More women's voices, of course. But that means the female movers and shakers have to do their part: 

There is this sexualized strength [in the movies], which isn't real. It's a guys version of what a strong woman should be. It's either this tomboy who acts like a dude, which I've played for a grand majority of my career, or she's this completely dripping-wet-with-sex creature.... [It's just not believable that] there's this individual just oozing sex with their outfit and attract[ing] everything that walks. It's just weird. 

I just feel like more women need to get in there and tell stories. If you look at the statistics, it's sad [that] 30 percent of women in the industry aren't inclined to give a female perspective of the story. And I'm talking about women who are heads of studios, I'm talking about producers, I'm talking about actresses, I'm talking about directors. There are 51 percent of women in the United States, which means there are more women than men. And only 30 percent of [women in the film industry] get to talk about what it's like to be a woman? I think that's sad. I think it's pathetic. I look at the market and I'm like wow, that's a lot of space, we need to get in there.

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  • Anna | November 23, 2013 4:58 PMReply

    Go get drunk with rob pattinson, zac afron and with your circle friends.

  • Alex | November 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    What exactly does this mean Anna? Nonsensical contribution to the issue.

  • Jennifer | November 23, 2013 9:30 PM

    It's said to read your post. That's almost what Michelle is talking about. Sexism. What is wrong with getting drunk? With Robert and Zac? Since they are doing nothing bad towards other people, let them be.

  • Marley82 | November 22, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    I totally agree. It's this "socially accepted" view of what a strong woman should be. In actuality, none of the "strong women" portrayed on film and TV are the realistic version of what a "strong woman" really is . . . I think if someone could develop a character, with a great story, and take a leap of faith and challenge the social construction that has been played out over the years concerning the portrayal of women on film and TV, they would win for the shear fact that women rule the overall in buying power and consumption of media and spending.

  • Rick | November 22, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    She's definitely not wrong. and both had great articles a few years ago (right around the same time too I think) about what a "strong female character" should be. I liked their takes on it. Don't amp up the strength and sexual aggression to make them seem independent because you just make them better trophies for the lead male. You have to actually add more dimensions which usually come from flaws. You don't want female characters who are strong (literal), you want strong(ly developed) characters who are female.

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