I have been taking part in a number of debates on gender. In these debates one of the problems is gaining shared understandings of what people see as good examples of their position (it is easy to point to bad examples).
So here are some suggestions with comments:
- The Interpreter (2005): Thinking of the role of Silvia Broome played by Nicole Kidman. A great role that shows a woman who is capable, determined, clever, witty and clearly a match for the men in the film.
- Chocolat (2000): Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher plays against some stereotypically negative images of complementarian men (The Comte, Serge Muscat) as well as women who are victims of that (Caroline Clarimont and Josephine Muscat), plus Johnny Depp as a sympathetic man.
- Sliding Doors (1998): Gwyneth Paltrow as Helen Quilley shows two parallel lives for a woman. In one she is with a man who is unfaithful, in the second she leaves him and finds a new life of freedom and fulfilment.
Note that I am not condoning all behaviour by these characters as a good example (for example I still hold to fidelity in marriage and chastity outside).
Anyone got better suggestions for films that support gender equality?
How about some good examples of male headship (complementarian views) in films?
- 42: Becki’s Wanderings: Together on a Mission.
- 42: CoE gets something right.
- 42: New Frontiers and Women.
- 42: Putting paid to the complementarian position on 1 Corinthians 14:33-34.
- 42: Auntie Knows Best: Newfrontiers and women.
- 42: A bizarre gender debate.
- 42: What does Male Headship teach?.
- 42: A new blog to disagree with.
- 42: Wise words on a "Biblical" position.