The Evolution of Women in Entertainment

Today to celebrate International Women’s Day I’m going to look through some of the movies I’ve seen that have impacted me the most and how the women’s roles in these movies have gradually changed, for the better, over the decades. I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you enjoy! (I just want to let you know, this is a longread.)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The wispy dreams of a teenage girl becoming a false reality as she grows unconscious after being in the middle of a tornado is the story of The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland’s Dorothy is the center of this magical fairy tale. In 1939 Dorothy was quite the heroine in cinema. Yes, she was scared at times, and yes there were some moments when she slightly fit into the mold of a damsel in distress but she was also strong, courageous, and brave and at that time in the world when women were still looked upon as housemaids and nannies she helped to break that mold of what women’s roles in cinema could be portrayed as.

An American in Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951)

This is one of my favorite musicals of all time, introduced to me by my wonderful mother. She said this was one of her favorite movies and for a long time I didn’t want to see it because I’m not a fan of musicals but it actually was worth the watch. This movie, however, does not depict women in an entirely respectable fashion.

The entire plot of the movie is wrapped around these two men who fall in love with the same woman. Gene Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan of course wins her heart in the end but this movie feeds on the typical portrayal of women in cinema. Lise Bouvier (Leslie Carson) isn’t a strong woman who Mulligan fauns after for an entire movie and eventually is rewarded with her love. No, she’s a confused young French girl who can’t decide which man she wants to be with for the rest of her life. I love this movie but representation of women in film has come a long way.

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What Has Happened To ‘Survivor’?

I didn’t really start watching Survivor until a few years ago and the first season I saw was Season 19 which was the season introducing the iconic Survivor player, Russel Hantz. Russel Hantz was diabolical, crafty, mean, smart, brilliant, a hustler, he was everything that Survivor was about and more. In fact, he was the pioneer of Survivor players going to search for idols because before him people didn’t search for hidden immunity idols, they just ran into them by accident. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in reality television and I’ve been hooked on Survivor since.

After that season I went straight to Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains and I was even more hooked as I watched 20 of the greatest Survivor players battle it out through thirty-nine days.

Photos of Full Cast of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains

It was such great entertainment and it was one of the greatest discoveries of my young life. After that I proceeded to binge-watch all of the seasons and was absolutely thrilled at how incredibly fascinating nearly all of them were. When you have seasons with players like Coach, the invincible Ozzy, the legendary Russel Hantz, the CIA agent, Phillip, Boston Rob, the flirtatious but extremely smart and strong Parvati, the ultimate Survivor nerd, John Cochran, etc. you can’t help but absolutely love the show. The last two and a half years or so, of Survivor has been terribly lackluster lately.

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