Spoiler Alert. If you haven’t seen the new James Bond Movie and plan to, don’t read this! (I meant to warn you all yesterday, and forgot, someone kindly reminded me Sorry!)
I’m strong, I’m grounded, I’m Queen of my day. I repeated the affirmation over and over as I meditated. I didn’t think about it before meditating it just came to me when I closed my eyes. Yesterday Donna commented about my blog that freedom was her biggest dream. The freedom to choose how to spend her day which is really the freedom to choose how to spend your life. I know this is not just a women’s issue, but there is a history (which is still happening) of men trying to control women’s lives.
And then, Slam!! It hit me, my heart sped up and I could feel the anger, my mind racing. Here it is again, right back in pop culture. Not as blatant, but still there.
Jon and I saw the new James Bond movie last night. I’m not a fan, not for any reason other than that I’ve only seen one other 007 movie and it didn’t really interest me. But, while watching it, I found last nights movie really entertaining. Knowing it’s supposed to be outrageous, it was easy not to take seriously and just enjoy.
And I did, until this morning when my meditation was interrupted by the idea that it was a really sexist movie. I know James Bond movies are inherently sexist, but this was sexist in a different way. The three women in the movie,who we got to know, were all powerful and brave and each one lost her power by the end of the movie.
I understand that Judi Dench was probably done with her role as M and so killing her off could be seen as a natural, and if it was just her I wouldn’t be feeling this way. But when Naomie Harris (later revealed as Miss Moneypenny) who is Bond’s driver/partner in the beginning of the movie, becomes a secretary by the end of the movie, well, what’s up with that? Then there’s the woman who is basically being held prisoner by the “bad guy” and is brave enough to try escape with Bond’s help. She’s killed William Tell style (really William Burroughs style, because William Tell didn’t kill his son but William Burroughs did kill his wife) a glass of burbon instead of an apple. So not only is she killed, but humiliated and tortured too. The only other woman in the movie was the bitchy Prime Minister questioning M and “put in her place” by Ralph Fiennes who plays Mallory. (I know he was defending M, but once again her power was taken by a man).
So what does this mean? I remember when Hilliary Clinton became First Lady, there were a slew of movies where the character of the First Lady was killed or died. I’m not saying this is necessarily a conscious thing but it makes me think that there are men out there who feel threatened and are looking for a way to get some of their power back. (makes me think of the witch trials , or how the monotheistic religions took the power of “the giver of life” from women and gave it to a man)
It’s an old story and no longer my story, but it still pisses me off.