When it was reported that Ocean’s Eleven reboot Ocean’s 8 would be all-female, it received backlash. Fans of the original franchise called it “sexist” because it casted females to replace the male-dominated cast. It was the same comments when Ghostbusters revealed their all-female roster last year.
Don’t you think a group of women in film, TV, or IRL can (figuratively) kick ass? Have you seen the Women’s March lately?
Before anyone throws sexist slurs about the film, let us remind people of other all-female groups that appeared on film and TV that they loved. The female groups which did their own thing onscreen and took no sh*t from anyone, especially men.
This TV series-turned-film broke the mold for the spy theme—that James Bond isn’t the only one who can use fancy gadgets to take down enemies. It doesn’t matter whether you saw the Farrah Fawcett or Cameron Diaz one, they did the job right in every mission.
Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2
Aside from Bill of course, Uma Thurman battled a group which mostly had women in it. Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, and Daryl Hannah was a villainous team-up. Another thing I should note is that Quentin Tarantino didn’t make any woman in the film a love interest or damsel in distress.
Game of Thrones
Remember the Sand Snakes from Season 5? This all-female trio came from Dorne, which is considered an egalitarian country in GOT lore. For those who don’t know, Dorne doesn’t turn away women and would even give them position in power regardless if they’re royal-born or not. The Sand Snakes were a great example of Dornish women who fought their own battles in their war-torn fictional world.
This is such a guilty pleasure film for many of us but you can’t deny the girl power in in this. Take note that nobody took The Barden Bellas seriously because they were an all-female acapella group with eccentric members. But they sure made everyone listen in their two films. And soon, their third.
We gave Taraji P. Henson the Best Eyeglasses Look before. Now, let’s talk about why this Oscar-nominated film matters so much today. It centers around three African-American women who worked for NASA. They were also behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This gives new definition to “behind a man’s success is a woman.”
Orange Is the New Black
Each woman in the Litchfield Penitentiary showed how strong-willed they are and would care less about patriarchal order. Also important to remember how diverse their cast is—young and old, African-Americans and Latinas, lesbians and a transwoman.
Screencap from Game of Thrones