Yes, Gone Girl Has a Woman Problem

October 3, 2014 7:31 PM

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Yes, Gone Girl Has a Woman Problem

"To me, that puts a very, very small window on what feminism is," Flynn told TheGuardian. "For me, it's also the ability to have women who are bad characters … the one thing that really frustrates me is this idea that women are innately good." The piece then links to an essay Flynn wrote about 2006'sSharp Objects, in which she defends the female dark side. "I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books," it reads. "I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes … not chilly WASP mothers … not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some." So: Gillian Flynn has been fighting these charges for a while.

I have been thinking about the misogyny question since I saw Gone Girl, in part because I can't have a conversation about the movie without it coming up. It was a major talking point after early screenings, and it is there lurking in the reviews, both directly and obliquely. I'm not convinced, becau...

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