November 1, 2013 by gabnormal
In a recent article from the Huffington Post, writers claim to have found “another aspect of life where being a white woman will hold you back.”
At first, we were annoyed. Being white is a privilege, and according to our thought process the only characteristic mentioned in that sentence that would hold anyone back is the female part. But then we took a look at the short piece and had a slight revelation over something that we had already known about.
According to HuffPo’s research, in 52% of horror films the white girl is the first to die. This means more than you may think. It reinforces the stereotype that white women are frail, delicate and weak. Not only this, they almost always die at the hand of stupidity more than anything else, and need a man to protect them.
Conversely, if white women are weak, black women are expected to be the strong, more masculine counterpart. This brings about the myth of the angry black woman. Don’t get on a black woman’s bad side. Just don’t do it.
Putting female characters in these types of plot scenarios does more to reinforce stereotypes than most people realize. They think that because it’s a movie, it doesn’t reinforce anything. But film and media arts have more of an impact than you’d think. The question, does art imitate life or vice versa still stands, but we think the answer is both. Sometimes life imitates art, and sometimes art imitates life, sometimes it’s a mix of both. Either way, continuing to put women in these stereotypical characters isn’t going to change a thing.