This is my third time watching Divergent and while some people think it preaches feminism and equality, I don’t see that at all. What I see is a pronounced and disproportionate amount of graphic violence against young girls in a movie marketed to those same young girls. I’m tallying the number of face-hits (not head shots) these girls take compared to their male counterparts, for those of you who don’t believe me.
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*not to mention, Tris is almost shot in the face three different times.I’m not using that data point directly for my argument because this is a comparison of women being hit in the face on camera only, but it’s worth noting.
*for reference, most of the hits men receive in this film are unclear and mostly out of the frame, and not directly to the face which compared to the graphic depiction of violence against women is sexist as fuck.
In Tris’s second fist fight, she’s hit FOUR TIMES in the face on camera by her opponent who isn’t hit in the face even once (points for the throat). For further comparison, in Four’s scene with Marcus the violence is only implied, leaving Four with his dignity by not allowing the audience to see him prostrated and defeated, as we are repeatedly forced to see the female characters in this film. And don’t you dare tell me that punching a girl twice as many times in a fight as you would a boy makes her an equal. It only makes her an equal if her male counterparts receive the same violence, which they did not in this film.
I don’t have a problem with women being trained the same way men are in a military environment, what with my sister being a USAFA cadet, she’s helped me understand the importance of cadets abandoning the idea of not hitting a girl in the name of survival. The problem I have is the graphic representation of violence perpetrated against girls in a movie that is considered “feminist.” If the wrong type of guy sees this, he may use “equality” as an excuse to beat the daylights out of innocent women.
Divergent was a step in the right direction in terms of Tris’s integrity, courage, fortitude, and quick-thinking. However, if I had a young teen child, boy or girl, I would not show them this film. I would encourage them to read the books perhaps, but I refuse to think that equality means hitting a woman in the face on camera and men in film are allowed dignity.