Is DEI Dead?
Ever been kicked by a girl?
Have you ever been kicked by a girl? Did it hurt? If you are a man, then it probably didn’t hurt much when the girl kicked you, unless she kicked you in the shins, or you-know-where. Of course, that second exception doesn’t apply to women kicked by other women.
What does this have to do with anything?
Women beating up men began to be a thing in movies and TV back in the 1960s, when feminism also began to be a big thing in the U.S. Coincidence?
…female characters physically beating up male characters, front and center even then. Wilma and Betty could easily throw Fred and Barney with their judo expertise on The Flintstones. Lily could knock Herman out with one punch on The Munsters. Beaver was being bullied by a tough little girl on Leave it to Beaver. Rob was easily judo flipped by Laura on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The pattern was very clear and universal.
Feminism and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion just didn’t mean that women would be equally represented in movies and TV. It really meant that women would be portrayed as better than men.
In action movies, the typical male villain/minion/henchman is big and muscular, and often an experienced fighter. In a fight scene, a 110 pound girl beats three or four muscular 230 pound men to the ground. Mostly by jujitsu throws or by kicking them, sometimes you-know-where, but more often in the head.
Now think back to that time when you were kicked by a girl. Seriously, can a real 5’ 4” 110-pound woman beat three big strong experienced male fighters unconscious in hand-to-hand combat? You know the answer.
Have you ever seen a movie made in the 1950s? You probably have; there are lots of good ones. Like On the Waterfront, which got eight Academy awards, including Best Picture for 1954, Best Actor for Marlon Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Eva Marie Saint. Seventy years ago, in 1954, if a movie had a scene where 5’ 2” 110 pound Eva Mare Saint beat three professional heavyweight fighters to the ground to protect Marlon Brando’s character from them, audiences would have spit out their popcorn, would have choked on their Jujus. No one would ever have believed that such a thing could really happen in anything remotely like real life.
In the weeks following Claudine Gay’s ouster from the presidency of Harvard, we have been told by media that the age of DEI is over. So no more claiming that the best candidate for every job is a handicapped trans black woman? No more believing that a woman can be a better fighter than the strongest men? Recently there has appeared shocking evidence of a huge and growing backlash among young males in the U.S., Germany, South Korea, and other nations against societies giving unfair advantages to females. (A Substacker first reported the new evidence, and the story was picked up by the mass media — we intend to soon explore the backlash in our story “Americans More Conservative Now Than in 1990”.)
What if DEI is really over? Will movies and TV go back to portraying the sexes in a way that more resembles reality? So, seventy years from now, in 2094, when people look at movies made in our day, will people laugh at those absurd fight scenes, or just shake their heads and wonder, “How could those people have been so stupid?”