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Let's talk about Entertainment! I need more of it in my life. I spend too much time reading stuff that makes me grumpy... I need balance.

What about you?

I stopped watching tv a few years ago because much of what was on was junk... or addicting junk. Then, I heard that A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series of books was out on HBO and last year I found Agent Carter; this year I found Orphan Black and I started smiling and laughing more.

Then I read this article (thanks to +Marla Caldwell):

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/men-are-sabotaging-the-online-reviews-of-tv-shows-aimed-at-women/

and decided I didn't want my newfound happiness to disappear. We should support these shows that have great women characters! We need to write reviews, we need to encourage others to write reviews.

We need ... a watercooler! To talk about the movies and shows we love, that's half the fun!
Please join me, talk about great entertainment and write reviews and share with each other.

...Please, I need it, you need it, great actresses need it. :P

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The Agent Carter fans are now reaching out to Marvel to find a place for this show! Two seasons of Peggy just weren't enough. So, I thought I would sign and share.

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So it seems once again, male viewers are skewing reviews of entertainment aimed at women toward significantly lower scores, and possibly lower resulting ticket sales. What can or should we do about this, beyond trusting friends' reviews more than those on review aggregators online?

Here are a few stats I collected early Thursday for the new “Ghostbusters” movie:

IMDb average user rating: 4.1 out of 10, of 12,921 reviewers
IMDb average user rating among men: 3.6 out of 10, of 7,547 reviewers
IMDb average user rating among women: 7.7 out of 10, of 1,564 reviewers

The movie isn’t even out in theaters as I’m writing this, but over 12,000 people have made their judgment. Male reviewers outnumber female reviewers nearly 5 to 1 and rate “Ghostbusters” 4 points lower, on average. 

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One last clone adventure in 2017...

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It's not lupus! It's never lupus!

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Welcome!
Sorry I haven't been active much, but I'm preparing for interviews and replacing laptop parts and trying to repair phones and tablets after the latest os updates. Seems everything decided to stop working at the same time. :/

So, it is my desire that you think of this community as your own. If you want to add categories or volunteer to be a moderator, just let me know. It is a public community, though hopefully we won't have too many problems.
EDIT: And we've had our first block. Please don't show up to the watercooler in your underwear. I don't expect business casual, but I do expect outer clothing.

Also, do you think we should add reviews to Netflix and Amazon and??
For the portion of this community regarding entering reviews we can do it a couple of different ways:

*We can each just do our own reviews on imdb/rotten tomatoes/etc. and post a link here for movies and shows we like
*We can post reviews here and those of us that already have accounts on the site{s}, but haven't reviewed that show, can post our reviews for us
*Most efficient/least ethical-We can post reviews or links here and everyone can copy those reviews to their own accounts ;-0

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There are some very good points, but also questionable points. It is not explored that many men view sex differently than women.

One just can't flip the scenarios and say that men would respond or be perceived as having the same emotions in a given situation as women.

There are quite a few comments that make me question this article. Some may be due to my unconscious bias, but some are not.

The idea that men are the family disciplinarian is one trope, yes. But asserting that women should be shown as the disciplinarian occasionally ignores the trope of men being the "fun" dad while women are tasked with the molding of values and conscientious attitudes that make the child grow into a well-adjusted (or not) adult.

There seems to be some significant black or white thinking; rather than the gray shades of reality.I would have liked to see this represented that
women and men are not one thing or another. Not all good or all bad. They flow in and out, can have many contradictions and make both good and bad decisions that are much more nuanced.

Even the premise of this article_ that people think that patriarchy is good for men, but surprise, it isn't_ is problematic. That comment speaks to a low-level understanding of patriarchy issues as does the comparison of historical Mad Max films and the more current movie.

Rather than pointing out the growth of the series perspective and giving solutions on how it can continue to grow in the right direction to explore toxic masculinity even more blatantly, the comparison seems to ignore the different time frames and social awarenesses as though all of the movies were created in today's world with little knowledge of historical change in people and ideas.

In Fury Road, both men and women were treated as objects; one for sex and one as weapons of war. One of the interesting nuances was that the women were trying to escape the situation, while the men seemed to have little awareness of their own sacrifice.

That is certainly one area where the series can grow. Many men of patriarchal societies are well aware of the expectations and sacrifices they experience.

What say you?

And a related topic :-0 :
Drones Are Dropping Dystopian Films Like 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Into North Korea

http://www.maxim.com/news/dystopian-flicks-drones-north-korea
I love this article! It's not perfect, and it critiques some of fandom's most sacred films/shows, but if we are to make progress, we need to acknowledge that some of our favorite movies/shows, etc. do have their weaknesses. We all have our own blind spots regarding gender roles.
I often feel like as we're making great strides conquering sexism against women, but the ways in which the patriarchy harms men is laughed off and ignored, sometimes even by people who believe in the equality of the genders.

From my perspective, equal doesn't just mean "A woman should be able/allowed to do anything a man can do" but also "A man should be able/allowed to do anything a woman can do." (Applied to the entire gender spectrum, of course.) And this cultural phenomenon that many people are deeming "toxic masculinity" or machismo is what stands in the way of true equality.

#gender   #genderequality   #feminism   #sciencefiction   #fantasy   #scifi   #sff  

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I watched "Little England" (2013) last evening. I was mesmerized by the relationships between the women. Central to the film is the bond of love and angst between two sisters. I found the casting and acting superb, the storyline rare and compelling and the cinematography enchanting. Though painful, "Little England" will not disappoint. It is something that will stay with me forever.

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This is the post that started this community where +Marla Caldwell  and I were talking about coming up with a plan to change this situation and support women in media as well.

Everyone is welcome, if you have any problem joining and can't ping me, ask someone we know to ping me and I'll try to fix it.

Edit: I'm not sure why it cut's off Marla's intro. when I copy the link rather than reshare, but here's that part:

Marla Caldwell
Shared publicly - May 19, 2016

I've never rated or reviewed anything on IMDB. Have you? I'm curious if there's a differential on this among my readers by gender. This data suggests women are underrepresented as reviewers on shows aimed both at men and at women.

I hated Sex and the City and would give it maybe a 3 or a 4 if I were feeling charitable, but that doesn't mean I'd rate other given shows any higher. I am picky about my TV, because I have too many competing interests for my time to waste it on something not entertaining.
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