Thursday, April 27, 2017

The onscreen objectification of men and women

When we think about objectification we normally think of women; however when it comes to the onscreen world, movies in particular, men are also objectified.

At the recent Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 press conference a reporter talked to Actor Chris Pratt and director James Gunn about objectification; more specifically the requirement, of Marvel hero’s, to bare their chest (men) or wear revealing clothes (women) in the movie.

“It hasn’t hurt my career!” said Chris “We are objects. It’s true, we are. We’re props. They shine a light on us, they paint us up with makeup, and they take a camera and point it at us. Half the time, what ruins it is us talking.
“I would say that objectification is good for me because when I turned my body into an object that people liked, I got paid a lot of money. My kids can go to college because I’m an object. As a man, I can say that.”

When Chris was asked whether he thought there was a double standard in how women compared to men were objectified he accepted that the sexes were treated differently: “I have to be careful because for generations — for millennia — women have been objectified in a way where there’s a pretty horrifying past. So that’s a little bit different, and there probably is what you’d call a double standard, but I think you have to deal with them separately because there’s a history of objectification [with women] that is a sensitive issue.”

James Gunn then added his own thoughts on the objectification of women and men in movies: “It’s not about being sexually attractive or thought of as a beautiful object,” said James. “It’s about the fact that many women in films today are reduced to being only that. When Chris Pratt looks beautiful onscreen, or Chris Evans looks beautiful onscreen … in all honesty, people take that in [stride] and then they still go, ‘But what’s that guy like? What’s his personality?’”

“Chris Pratt is great because he’s funny and he’s sexy and he’s got this vulnerable side — there’s all these different attributes about him,” the director continued. “Whereas men take these women and all that they’re [reduced to] is this one aspect of themselves, that they’re sexual beings. Everything else about their personalities is negated. That’s the really difficult thing, and why it isn’t exactly a one-to-one thing between men and women being objectified.”

James hopes that Guardians 2, which adds Nebula (Karen Gillan) to the titular team alongside her sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and introduces kooky telepath Mantis (Pom Klementieff) as well as imperious ruler Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), can prove that female characters are more than mere window dressing in comic-book movies.

 

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