One of the dozens of things I keep track of in feature films is the language used in reference to female characters. Part of the reason for this is that language is very revealing about filmmakers. It tells us a lot about how well or poorly they think of women. In Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), a romantic comedy produced by Miramax (Harvey Weinstein’s company), women are called the following names: fat-assed old bag, dirty b*tch, slut, ham-fisted cunt, daft cow, crazy girl and old girl (said to a 32-year-old woman). Keep in mind that this is a movie marketed to a female audience. I look forward to sharing my findings about the language used in mainstream movies of the 20th and 21st centuries in my upcoming film guide for women.
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