Hollywood’s Woman Problem in Action Films

By on Jun 24, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 2 comments

UPDATE: This post also appeared on Femusings.org on Sept. 23, 2013. In my previous post, I explained how serial killer shows provide catharsis for viewers. They are a safe way for fans to release their pent-up aggression. The same goes for Hollywood action films. Everyone wants to feel like a badass once in a while, and for most people the only way they can is by zoning out in front of a big screen and losing themselves in a spy or gangster shoot ‘em up film. But here’s a little known fact: it’s not just men watching these flicks. Women love action films, too. It’s a lie that we would rather watch rom-coms instead. At least, I know I certainly did when I was growing up. I devoured films like the Batman franchise, Indiana Jones and Star Wars up until college when my interest began to wane. Guess why. Because it was then when I finally realized these films weren’t being made for me...