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Please elaborate Mollie because the outrage of this article was not entirely obvious to me. I found the presentation rather interesting — particularly the stat about the role imbalance — and I thought the piece did a good job of presenting credible voices on both sides of the issue.
At the end of the day of course, the correct response is “who cares.” Nicki Minaj nailed it I thought with the observation that the purpose of the awards is entertainment and thus there will ever be separate categories to give us more to ogle.
So if we cut the Oscars in half, how will they fill up the time?
I have a bad feeling about this …
Huh, you’d think if these women actors were really about equality, they would insist that Hollywood put out movies that have an equal number of male & female characters in them! With an equal number of lines! Where’s their feminist spirit?
Gee, could it have something to do with what the market will bear?
How ’bout we give everyone an Oscar, just like the participation trophies for kids’ soccer? That way Adam Sandler and Jane Fonda each have a shot.
Steinem said “When two unequal groups are combined it’s the less-powerful one that loses.” So this is why actresses and actors can’t compete for the same award. And yet they want women to serve in combat as “equals”? Their inconsistency is amazing.
I’m really sick and tired of hearing pampered actresses (and I don’t care how many hours they work) whine and complain about the injustices of an industry that pays them millions, heaps upon them mountainous praise, and treats them like royalty. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be any awards ceremonies. These people get enough attention as it is. Just shut up and act. You say that’s what you love to do, so just do it. Save the mutual admiration society for your cocktail parties.
Art should be pursued for its own sake, not baubles. Kill them now. All of them. Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys. The whole lot. Except the Golden Globes. Those are corrupt and should be allowed to implode on stage.
I might care if the Oscars or Hollywood were interesting. But they’re not.
This is ridiculous. Obviously we need two categories because women can’t beat men at anything.
At the same time that actresses are becoming insistent on being called “actors” they bridle at the inclusive “he” for the generic pronoun. Shouldn’t they insist on being called “actresses?”
Please don’t slander Sandler by lumping him with Fonda.
Happy Gilmore. Sandler was robbed. QED
Happy Gilmore. Sandler was robbed. QED · 3 minutes ago
I’m fonda Sandler too.
I’m fonda Sandler too. · 1 minute ago
You’ve been dying to say that, haven’t you?
One of two things should happen.
Option the First: Make it so there are two awards for Best Actor, and make it a rule that a woman has to win one of them.
Option B: Have all the males take the title “actress” and let the women decide if they are an actor or an actress. Then keep the Best Actress and Best Actor awards as seperate, and people can decide which they compete for (except the men, they compete for Best Actress).
BOOM! Problem solved. That’s how it’s done folks. Hold the applause, I’m around all day.
PS - If a woman is in a role in which she plays a man (Victor Victoria) or the reverse (Mrs. Doubtfire), which award are they in the running for? See, now your mind is really spinning. These are complex times, people, and they require complex thinking.
You’ve been dying to say that, haven’t you? · 10 minutes ago
I live for these moments.
I have a bad feeling about this … · 57 minutes ago
They don’t run long enough?
“It’s not like it’s upper body strength,” Gloria Steinem dryly observed of the requirements of acting.
But the upper body does count for a lot.
We could always follow the Swedish model–we seem to be trying to emulate it everywhere else (and badly, I might add….)–and invent a gender-neutral pronoun.
I might begin to take these idiots seriously the day they denounce Title IX.
My thought while reading this was, “who cares?” It must be terribly boring to be a liberal if they find time to worry about this stuff. When Al Qaeda annexes Disney Land and the President realizes there’s not enough credit on the national Master Card to do anything about it, at least we’ll know that our civilization went out with total equality between males and females.
No — the article itself was great and informative. This desire to obliterate the reality that we have two sexes — and that this is a very good thing — is what I am growing quite weary of.
I love being a woman. Love it. I thank God for making me this way. I am raising my daughters to be thankful for this gift as well. If I have a boy, I’ll raise him to be thankful for that. Because men are awesome. And women are awesome.
I just get sick of being told that sex distinctions don’t matter. They do. And, in fact, they’re awesome. Not something to pretend don’t exist or are something to downplay.
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