By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood August 20, 2012 at 1:00PM
I love Feminist Ryan Gosling. Gender studies student Danielle Henderson is so frickin smart taking a dude we all think of as sensitive with feminist tendencies and throwing some great feminist quotes onto his pictures creating a whole new meme. It was so smart that this woman got herself a book deal and now The Feminist Ryan Gosling book is out and the good news is that Women and Hollywood has two copies to give away.
Here's a quote from Henderson how Hollywood thinks of women:
Hollywood has no idea what to do with women. It doesn't understand how to market to women, how to build multi-dimensional female characters, or how to mentor and hire female producers, best boys, grips or camera persons. At the root of this problem seems to be an inherent laziness, an unwillingness to branch out from familiar methods, but the ultimate problem is that Hollywood is only held accountable to itself.
No one is policing studios to hire more women, more people of color, to develop projects and take risks with new writers; when the topic is raised, studios seem to address their ever-present blind spot by putting all of the diversity missing from 800 movies into one movie in an effort to get you to shut up - 'Look, we have a female writer/producer/director/cast in this one, and one of them is African American, be happy! We've solved that pesky diversity problem for you, and maybe we'll make another one of these movies in five years.'
Even more terrible is that women have caught on to how Hollywood works, and are now perpetrating some of these one-dimensional offenses themselves in an effort to work in the industry, writing female characters as neurotic, relationship challenged messes or pornstar-type everywomen. I decided last year after a particularly abysmal film that I was no longer going to see any movies that painted women in such a myopic light. It means I miss out on a lot of movies, but it also means that I don't have to shell out money to be offended. People forget to vote with their dollars; no one wants to think that going to the movies is a political act.
In order to win your copy of the book you need to write in the comment who is your favorite Hollywood feminist (male or female) and why. You also MUST put your real email address in (it will not be published) so that I can contact you. The contest will end at 5pm EST on August 22nd.
‘Feminist Ryan Gosling’ Author Danielle Henderson on Her New Book (The Daily Beast)