r/TwoXChromosomes Jul 21 '21

Replace men with woman in a gory action film and suddenly its too feminist to watch?

I watched Gunpowder Milkshake last night and mentioned it this morning to my male coworkers during chit chat before work.

The only other guy who had seen the movie was a 20-something and he responded by saying he turned it off after 15 minutes bc it was hardcore feminist. My boss immediately asked, "what's wrong with feminism?" At the same time I looked at him and asked, "but it's just woman perfectly playing parts commonly played by men. How is that hardcore feminist?"

He looked a little surprised and shrugged his shoulders but didn't have anything to say. I've been thinking about it all morning. I liked the movie well enough (gory action isn't one of my favorites but I wanted to support the female centered crew) and while I was watching I got the distinct impression the movie is a cookie cutter action film that was written just like all the rest but when all was said and done they replaced all the juicy parts normally reserved for men with woman. Nothing special. Nothing new. Except it starred badass woman wielding guns, knives and tomahawks.

I figure we have such stringent expectations and perceptions of woman that when they break out of those molds and find purchase in a 'mans' space people get a funny taste in their mouth. Some people get angry, some bewildered and some secretly cheer. Very few are openly supportive. But what do I know I'm just a woman working as an industrial electrician. 👷‍♀️

Edit: Thank you for the awards kind strangers. I did not expect this to blow the fudge up but I'm pleased to have started a discussion. Hollywood pay attention and stop cheaping out!!

Okay so men perving this post need to get a life. If you're not putting words in my mouth you're insulting 50% of the world's population by breathing.

To all the commenters wow. I'm trying to get through all the responses but damn...


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u/cdnbacon2001 Jul 21 '21

Haven't seen this movie yet but I hope too. Glad to see a action movies that is not just something ripped from a current series with a female slapped into the main role ( dr who, ghost busters, ect).


u/sarahbae03 Jul 21 '21

Actually this is exactly that. My point with this post was when roles in movies are designed for men, popping a woman in his place feels off and really clickbaty. 'Look we have woman playing men's roles, kicking ass and taking names. Look at me!'

What is going over peoples heads is the fact this switcheroo isn't feminist in any way. It's just woman playing roles in an action film and that is not feminism its Hollywood.