They are all about explosions, fights and heroism, but you can probably count the number of times a woman saved the day in an action movie on one hand, whereas you've probably lost track of how many times a female character has walked away from a fight scene without a hair out of place.
Fighting in heels and tight clothing? That's no problem for female superheroes either, although the rest of us would have a tough time pulling that off. So when the hashtag began trending, many women — and men — decided to slam action movies for their double standards and portrayal of women. See the best reactions below.
Twitter users pointed out that the woman can never save the day and instead has to play the role of the damsel in distress.
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs that girls can have ideas, but men turn them into saving the day solutions.— Cee (@legalhooker) August 4, 2015
No matter how capable and trained a woman is, she has to teach the bumbling hero so he can save the day instead. #ActionMoviesTaughtUs— Kellycat (@xlivvielockex) August 4, 2015
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs that female superheroes can't save themselves.— Sarah White (@klutz01) August 5, 2015
Nor can the female character ever do anything without wearing heels.
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs That a female, hero or villian, fights in heels. No matter the circumstances.— Katrina (@kat_labyrinth) August 4, 2015
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs Women always look perfect even when there's literal actual explosions.— Where's Black Widow? (@whereisnatasha) August 4, 2015
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs that a woman's makeup never smudges even in near death experiences and constant threats of danger— Faye Hall -EroticLit (@FayeHall79) August 5, 2015
And what about the merchandise? Nope, female superheroes obviously don't sell that well.
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs that a female character can be a vital part of a movie (franchise), yet she’ll be erased from 90% of merchandise— grasonas (@grasonas) August 4, 2015
There's also a very limited type of female superhero, and she clearly has to fit into a certain mould.
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs and me specifically that plus-sized female heroes don't exist.— Cher (@NightBallad) August 5, 2015
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs IF you're a female hero, you must be white, even if you're not in source material i.e. Katniss Everdeen— Common queer (@SapphicNerd) August 4, 2015
#ActionMoviesTaughtUs men age, but women disappear after the age of 35— Cee (@legalhooker) August 4, 2015
It's about time Hollywood changed its perception of women and we got some new, kick-ass, diverse female superheroes and characters, in not just action films, but across all genres.
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