What do women want?

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“Men genuinely believe that they know what women want, and are earnest in their attempts to explain ‘what women want’ to women. They are deeply confused, because of course they know what women want! Right?”

This is why it’s important to include women in the process when writing ads/movies/etc. How are you supposed to know what women want if you don’t actually ask a woman? How are you supposed to write a female character realistically if you don’t get a woman’s perspective (or even better, have a female writer!)

On a broader note, this is why it’s important to have diversity on the screen AND behind the scenes (looking at you, Matt Damon). Maybe your team can’t represent every single aspect of a character, whether it’s race, gender, sexuality, class, or something else – but it’s really hard to write a diverse world (aka the real world) if you don’t include more than just white, heterosexual men on your team.

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What do women want?

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  1. So this comment is only slightly related (doesn’t have much to do directly with media), but a similar topic was brought up in one of my other WGS classes. We talked about it in the context of multi-cultralism. Can practices such as headscarves and polygamy be defended? How often are women asked about these practices away from men. It was a really interesting debate. How do you count all of the voices of minorities equal when the minority is known to hold male dominance (patriarchy) as a central value.

    Reading on multi-culturalism (page 10 is where there is some really interesting discourse):

    http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/WGS/fa14/WGS.101/courseMaterial/topics/topic2/readings/Is_Multiculturalism_Bad_for_Women/Is_Multiculturalism_Bad_for_Women.pdf

    Quote from article:
    “Most cultures are suffused with practices and ideologies concerning
    gender. Suppose, then, that a culture endorses and facilitates the
    control of men over women in various ways (even if informally, in the
    private sphere of domestic life). Suppose, too, that there are fairly
    clear disparities of power between the sexes, such that the more
    powerful, male members are those who are generally in a position to
    determine and articulate the group’s beliefs, practices, and interests.
    Under such conditions, group rights are potentially, and in many
    cases actually, antifeminist. They substantially limit the capacities of
    women and girls of that culture to live with human dignity equal to
    that of men and boys, and to live as freely chosen lives as they can.”

    Extra readings from WGS.101:
    http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/WGS/fa14/WGS.101/materials.html

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