Scenes from the Struggle in Post-Feminist America

So I'm watching "At the Movies," and the two Bens are reviewing Monsters vs. Aliens, which they give a pretty good review. Then Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies ends his review by saying (approximately), "Not to get too PC, but the main character is a big, powerful woman, which is a good thing to see."

Don't you love that? Just merely commenting positively on a strong female lead risks being "too PC," despite the fact that strong female leads are still so unusual as to be remarkable, which is what warrants the comment in the first place.

In other words, what Mankiewicz was really doing, intentionally or not, was apologizing for publicly noticing that women and girls are still enormously underrepresented in films.

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