Sunday, April 17, 2016

Manic Pixie Dream Girls Rule 5

The Other McCain references feminists freaking over manic pixie dream girls.  However the term manic pixie dream girl is starting to be considered misogynist in itself.  Zoe Kazan has a point:
Well, yeah, there's a line in the movie that basically questions the idea of manic pixie dream girls: “The quirky, messy women whose problems make them appealing are not real."Sure. What bothers me about it is I think that women get described that way, but it's really reflective of the man who is looking at them, and the way that they think about that girl. Not about who that girl really is or what her personality actually is. I think that to lump together all individual, original quirky women under that rubric is to erase all difference. Like, I’ve read pieces that describe Annie Hall as a manic pixie dream girl. Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby. To me, those are fully fledged characters that are being played by really smart actresses. I just think it’s misogynist. I don’t want that term to survive. I want it to die.
 Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks 

Of course getting back to RSM's article, feminist lesbians want to make it that there is something untoward and wrong about men and women being attracted to each other, as if all the negatives of human interaction magically go away if women just abandon men for the sapphic tribe. As if there is no drama in same sex relationships? There is crazy in all strata of human society, but the crazy ore runs especially rich among gays and is almost pure unadulterated insanity among radical feminists.  

Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music This does not fit the MPDG trope...

The movie Elizabethtown was mostly forgettable (although Alec Baldwin does stretch as an actor by playing an asshole modeled on Nike's Phil Knight) but some of these films are classics and never let a Rule 5 opportunity go to waste: 

Kate Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby

Natalie Portman, Garden State

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's

Claudette Colbert, The Palm Beach Story

Barbara Stanwyck, The Lady Eve

Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower

Goldie Hawn, Butterflies Are Free

Kate Hudson, Almost Famous (like mother, like daughter)

Anne Hathaway, Love And Other Drugs

Rachel Bilson, The Last Kiss

Kirsten Dunst, Elizabethtown

EBL: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort: lutin maniaque filles de rêve?
TOM: How crazy is gender madness?, Feminism as psychologial warfareProud about infected statusWords Mean Things (@CarolShane), and the Trashification of America
Rule 5 and FMJRA

American Power Blog: Feminism vs. Fauxminism

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