Major sssspielberg! wrote:So I have a question for everybody. I've heard anti feminist readings of DAM, and I'm not particularly convinced, though I can see how some might come to that conclusion. The biggest argument was the scene where Yamabe uses physical violence to set Kyoko straight. Any thoughts? (Not trying to get all political, just curious at what some of you guys might think!)
Context of the time period. Things were different type thing.
Personally, I've never seen any issue with it, and my wife (who is a hardcore feminist) has never had a problem with any of the Godzilla films. So, i think it's people trying to be relevant with today's social climate.
EDIT--Let me clarify: I'm not saying "yay violence against women! That's good" I'm saying my wife and I have never had issue with it because of the context of the time period it was filmed. I think taking an older film and applying it to today's social climate is moot because things were different between sexes, races, etc. That's all I'm saying.
In all seriousness though, while women were the butts of a lot of jokes (especially in Mothra vs. Godzilla), quite a few of the female roles in Godzilla films weren't the traditional tropes like love interests or damsels in distress. They were reporters or scientists. I'd argue they were more ahead of their time than people would realize. This obviously applies to the Showa and Heisei era before we had Akane and whateverhernamewas in Megaguirus.