It’s so very hard to escape my feminism these days. I just can’t seem to do it anymore, and I can’t understand how other people, intelligent people I like a lot, just don’t pick up on instances of blatant sexism.
I went to the movies today with my family, something that doesn’t happen very often. The movie we went to watch, Hugo, was actually refreshing in its main characters, especially the intelligent, bookish Isabelle. But the trailers were what riled me up, one in particular: The Lorax.
It looked to lovely and promising to start off with: colourful, child-like Seuss-ian fun with an environmental message. I was really enjoying the trailer.
Until the last line.
The Lorax is looking to pick a fight with a quite large woman. A looker-on tells the Lorax in a hushed voice:
Man: “You wouldn’t hit a woman?”
Lorax: “THAT’s a woman?”
Please, please tell me that I’m not overreacting. That comment is sexist to the bone, with all sorts of harmful and downright wrong assumptions about what a woman is. It was a disgusting comment to make.
And yet, when I tried to point it out to my family afterwards, I was told the usual nonsense of how “it’s just a kids’ movie” and “it’s not sexist, you’re just overreacting.” I tried explaining why it was offensive with the analogy of someone saying to a person with a disability “that’s a person?” (my stepdad has a disability – it was the first analogy I could think of), but they still didn’t understand.
And I just don’t get how they could not see it.
Here’s the trailer for your reference: