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“Lord of the Flies” Remake Sparks Feminist Outrage

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"Lord of the Flies" Remake Sparks Feminist Outrage

The feminist outrage machine is in overdrive over the idea of a female version of The Lord of the Flies – seems they don’t understand women?

Feminists should make up their minds. Last year, the all-female remake of the 80s comedy classic Ghostbusters was heralded as a win for women, and anyone – from negative YouTube trailer commenters to movie critics – who panned the film were misogynistic sexists. The film did poorly at the box office, falling short of the $300 million gross needed to break even, and earning a worldwide total of just over $229 million. This was blamed not on a lackluster script, less-than-stellar visual effects, or problematic characterization but…sexism.

When Wonder Woman was released earlier this year, it was to relatively good critical reception and a stellar box office ($806 million dollars worldwide). The film featured a strong female lead and was directed by Patty Jenkins, and was heralded as a big win for women in cinema, and women in general. Unlike Ghostbusters it had a decent script, a strong plot, and well-developed characters. It was also a bright spot in the DC Comics cinematic universe, which has seen critical and box office flops of films focused on iconic (male) superheroes like Batman and Superman. Carrie Wittmer, writing for Business Insider, says, “Wonder Woman isn’t the only movie to make the conversation happen. Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a choice to have a female lead. So did Rogue One. We need more female leads like this, more female screenwriters and more female directors, but that’s not where to start. The film industry needs more women in positions of power: more female producers and executives, like Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, who will have themselves represented the way they want to be seen. More women with the power to choose who tells those stories is the next step to providing half of the world’s population more Diana Princes, more Reys, and more Jyn Ersos. Wonder Woman is a great start, but it’s just the beginning.”

Women have not been absent from strong lead roles. At Legal Insurrection, Mary Chastain points to five “everyday badass” women in lead roles including Ellen Ripley (Alien), Princess Leia (Star Wars), Sara Connor (Terminator), Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and Celie Harris Johnson (The Color Purple). On television, there’s Super Girl, Netflix’s Jessica Jones and more.

But, for the sake of argument, let’s say that women should have more roles and films in Hollywood. It seems that some stories, however, are off-limits when it comes to representing women in film. A proposed all-female remake of The Lord of the Flies, based on William Golding’s 1954 novel of the same name, is receiving quite a backlash on social media. Why? The same people (feminist) who have spent the better part of the last half-century arguing women and men are interchangeable, and not at all different in any conceivable way, are suddenly aghast at the thought of portraying women behaving in the feral manner depicted in Golding’s book (and previous film adaptations).

Why There Are Costs to Moral Outrage

Some object to the screenplay being written by two men. Wonder Woman was written by a man, as was the Ghostbusters remake. Nobody seems to complain when women screenwriters write for male characters, however

Writing at The Telegraph, Helena Horton points out that feminist writer Roxane Gay says the plot of Lord of the Flies wouldn’t happen with all women, because the book is about that tired feminist catch-all “toxic masculinity.” On Twitter, Rachel Leishman opines, “The female-led Lord of the Flies wouldn’t ever happen because women would just branch off into their own respective groups peacefully.”

It’s almost like these women haven’t spent much time with their own gender.

In Psychology Today, marriage researchers indicated that women are more likely to pick fights with their husbands, are quicker to escalate verbal aggression, and are as likely to use physical aggression as men. Men make up 40% of victims in domestic abuse cases, and women lash out more frequently at their husbands or boyfriends, according to another study. In 2014, U.S. soccer player Hope Solo faced charges for assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew; Solo was also reportedly belligerent with police (as of the time of this writing, a trial date was still pending). Over 200 studies confirmed that women are as aggressive, or more aggressive, than their male partners.

And a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at female European rulers between 1480 and 1913, to find that queens were 27% more likely than kings to engage in inter-state conflicts. The same Washington Post article that cited the aforementioned study also notes that female leaders like Margaret Thatcher, Dianne Feinstein, Carly Fiorina, and Hillary Clinton were all “foreign policy ‘hawks’” as well. In fact, Hillary Clinton was one of the few 2016 candidates to express willingness to engage in military action in Syria.

So the notion that an all-female “Lord of the Flies” movie couldn’t possibly happen because women are so darned peaceful is, in fact, false. In fact, one need only consume a few episodes of Real Housewives of [Insert City Here] to see women fight with other women. Quite a bit. Yet there aren’t many calls for a “national conversation” on women’s violence when the real housewives brawl in the street.

It would be remiss to ignore the faction of feminism that celebrates the barbarity of abortion. A viral picture showed feminists in Argentina perform an “abortion” of Jesus on a woman dressed like the Virgin Mary. They wear shirts that proclaim their pride in their abortions, and gleefully #ShoutYourAbortion on social media. Topless women attacked men praying outside a cathedral in Buenos Aires and attempted to burn down a cathedral. These are not peaceful women.

Antifa women wielded baseball bats at the funeral of Heather Heyer, who was killed at a violent rally in Charlottesville. Feminists protest Christina Hoff Sommers, one of the few reasonable feminists out there, attacking her as an apologist for “rape culture” and calling her a “toxic, dangerous, and/or violent person.

And, once again, feminists show they’re not after equality with men: they want special privileges. They said they’re no different from men, until they’re actually held to that standard. Then they need extra sick days for their periods, biology suddenly matters again (“Men and women ARE different!”), and gosh darn it, they’re just helpless victims who cannot possibly be held to the same standard as men because it’s just not fair. They want Hollywood to portray them in a positive light, and never a negative one. Only men can be “toxic” in their masculinity, after all. Feminists don’t want to confront uncomfortable truths about women – that there is violence in their ranks, that feminism can be just as harmful as “toxic masculinity”— because they then lose the ability to play the victim card.

They will whine and fight the remake of The Lord of the Flies tooth and nail to hold onto that status. And you really think women like this would “branch off into their own respective groups peacefully”? Please.


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I am a mom, nursing student, and conservatarian. I've been a teacher and have a MA in English. I live in Milwaukee, WI (for now) and look forward to starting fresh in a new city soon. When I'm not working or in class, look for me soon at The Binge!

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