• Linda H. Codega

Mediocre Expectations: The Failures of Female Representation on Screen


There’s a tendency in Hollywood to market women-led action films as revolutionary. We are at a cultural turning point where every time a woman throws a punch, shoots a gun, or walks slowly away from an explosion, we are told that this is a new moment for feminism on screen. We rest the accolades of progress on multi-million dollar pieces of cellophane, and are gleefully told that every new film with a woman on the poster is the next flashpoint for female-led films. The most frustrating part of all of this is that most blockbuster female-led films – while yes, major studios are starting to see the value of cinema that feature women in action roles – are still being written by men.