It seems like the standards set for characters that are male are pretty low. Nerdy black guy? Okay. Redneck with a shotgun? No problem. The way they present themselves sexually is seldom criticized anymore, even if the male character is gay, as long as they contribute to the plot.
Female characters, on the other hand, have everything thrown at them when a film is being reviewed. I she too pretty? Too fat? Too slutty? A bimbo? A b*tch? Appearance seems to matter a lot more here, and to add insult to injury, black women have even less room to work with because, let’s face it, the real world has even fewer examples of black women in leadership roles.
If a woman does play a major role, they still have to walk on eggshells to satisfy the ideals of the critics. When I go online or do a search and see a movie review, the way the female characters act almost always shows up, but the way men act in the film, however foolish, is seldom discussed in-depth (and in many cases never brought up).
While no one seems to have issues with women playing leadership roles anymore, does fitting an entire gender into a small ideal box help or hurt the feminist cause? Should Hollywood do more to accurately portray female personalities that already exist?