One of the dozens of things I keep track of in mainstream movies—and I have analysed over 500 movies now—is the language used in reference to female characters, both women and girls. American Beauty (1999), a drama written by Alan Ball, contains four named female characters that appear throughout (two high school girls and two women). None of these females fare well, and they are called the following names: b*tch, slut, c*nt, a disgusting pig, a prostitute, a little brat and a bloodless, money grubbing freak. Moreover, Kevin Spacey says to Thora Birch, one of the teenage girls, “You better watch yourself Janie or you’re going to turn into a real b*tch, just like your mother!” I am looking forward to sharing my findings about the language used in mainstream movies.
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