Though 2015 has seen the arrival of one of cinema's all-time best female characters in Mad Max: Fury Road's Furiosa (Charlize Theron), it's apparent that Hollywood still has something of a woman problem. Even when a movie presents a strong or interesting female, there's a good chance she's going to end up ridiculously sexualised compared to any male counterpart (just look at Black Widow in the Avengers and Iron Man movies), and a film passing the Bechdel test (in which two women have a conversation which isn't about a man) is never guaranteed. From movies that deliberately poked at society's gender hang-ups to misguided sex scenes, awful messages for young girls and everything in between, these 12 scenes only further the belief by many feminists that Hollywood hates women and won't just treat them like what they really are: human beings.
12. Alice Eve's Gratuitous Strip Show - Star Trek Into Darkness
The Scene: Mid-conversation, Carol Marcus (Eve) tells Kirk (Chris Pine) to turn around, at which point she institutes a costume change. The conversation continues and Kirk can't resist but turn back around, catching a glimpse of Marcus in some fancy underwear, at which point she tells him to turn back around. Why It's Sexist: Because it's so ridiculously gratuitous, the shot perfectly framed for maximum body coverage, and there's not a single need for it beyond having an underwear shot to throw in the trailer. It's a cynical way to pander to audiences, and totally needless in the context of the scene. The script literally takes a break in the dialogue to shoehorn this painfully contrived aside in, and it's to the detriment of an otherwise pretty solid action flick. The backlash from the scene was severe enough that the film's writer, Damon Lindelof, took to Twitter to apologise to viewers, saying, "we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress."
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