The representation of women in film is often troublesome at best. Hollywood films are often extremely gendered and lack adequate female representation. Male characters greatly outnumber female characters in many films, and female characters in movies are frequently underdeveloped and greatly lack any real depth.
When women are present in film, they are often presented only in relation to men. So even when there are multiple female characters in a film, they mostly only discuss their boyfriend, husband, father or brother. Because of this, cartoonist Alison Bechdel wrote a set of rules in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” that could help determine whether a film presents fully formed female characters.
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