Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle
Tropes vs. Women is a six-part video series by Feminist Frequency that explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows.
The Smurfette Principle was named two decades ago by Katha Pollitt, when she noticed that there were a disproportionate amount of male characters in programming aimed at young people. Even in adult programming, when women do appear in the primary cast of a television show or movie, they are usually alone in a group of men. Sadly, this trope has made its way into the 21st century.
Related Links and Articles:
- Smurfette Principle and Token Minority at TV Tropes
- Hers; The Smurfette Principle by Katha Pollitt in the New York Times
- Video: The Smurfette Principle by Nostalgia Chick
- Geena Davis Institute - commissioned a massive study of gender inequality in family films
- The Day the Movies Died by Mark Harris in GQ about Hollywood's reluctance to make any original films
- The Daily Show's Woman Problem by Irin Carmon
- Video: The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
**Full video transcript is available at FeministFrequency.com
**This video is available to be translated into other languages by volunteers like you. Please visit the subtitling page on Universal Subtitles and click TRANSLATE to get started.
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