Disclaimer: I aim to write a more fluent article/essay on Oceans 8…but right now I’m far too excited and I had to just get my initial thoughts of my chest
Finally! This is exactly what I have been waiting for…
A film with eight, not just one, but EIGHT female protagonists who barely (if at all) cater for a male-gaze.
Revolutionary? I think so!
No male-lead, barely any heterosexual romance or sex. No fragmented female bodies catered for heterosexual male audiences. No ‘silly’ female roles who do nothing but support the ‘all important white male’. None of the classic Hollywood sexist, racist, homophobic bullshit.
Only eight, powerful, intelligent, charismatic, diverse women.
and…they do none of the following;
Find a man, have a baby, get married, have sex with men, look pretty , look sexy, find a man, do a nude scene.
Oceans 8 is revolutionary because none of the eight women in the film play into the above stereotypes of ‘what female roles in Hollywood typically do’
Hollywood has finally produced a film that is so positive for female leads and female role models. The film is also racially diverse which is brilliant!
Lets hope Oceans 8 is a gateway film for more female positivity, female protagonists and diversity in Hollywood!
Female Protagonists – 1
Male-Gaze – 0