I’m certainly glad that feminists don’t have a say in every piece of film that is created.
I was reading a review of The Witcher from a feminist at Jezebel, and it really made realize just how hypocritical and boring our entertainment would be.
If you haven’t deleted Netflix because of the way one of its entries turned Jesus into a homosexual, then you’ve probably watched The Witcher. For those of you unfamiliar with it, “The Witcher” is a series of books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and is so beloved that the series is considered something of a national treasure.
They even hand the books out to Presidents as a gift when they are elected. That’s how important it is to them.
To their credit, The Witcher series is very good and to its credit, game developer CD Projekt Red created a video game series around the books that also became wildly successful. This, of course, led to the creation of the Netflix series that stars Henry Cavill as the lead character, Geralt of Rivia.
The story revolves around Geralt, a man who lives in a fictitious land that is very medieval. Geralt is called a “Witcher,” which is a human who has undergone mutations that make him faster, stronger, have better eyesight, etc. The job of Witchers is to fight monsters for hire.
Throughout the series, you see how this monster hunter becomes entangled in the weave of destiny, falls in love with the powerful sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and becomes entangled in the very lives of powerful kings and queens. If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend that you do, though be aware, it’s not for children. We’re talking Game of Thrones level shock value here.
It’s a great show, and indeed, the aforementioned feminists seem to think so, too, but they had a complaint, which…when do they not?
According to the Jezebels, women die in the show and that’s a problem:
There is plenty to like about The Witcher. Henry Cavill looks sexier than ever. Yennefer is also hot, and the outfits she wears for much of the series are both impractical and captivating. There is a fight sequence with a rotting corpse that left me breathless, and a befuddling timeline I was desperate to untangle. Great care was spent on practical effects—something I enjoy immensely. The monsters were ugly, the politics enchanting, and Geralt’s tender relationship with a hapless bard was some of the better physical comedy I’ve seen from Netflix. But underneath all of this was, of course, the countless dead women whose sacrificial demises propelled the plot along.
I won’t bog you down with the entire article as this paragraph is enough to highlight some things.
The author of the piece is mad that women die in order to propel the story along. She acknowledges, at one point, the number of countless men who are slain in the show but almost dismisses them with a wave of the hand.
Here we can see inside the mind of a feminist. It’s a tragedy whenever a woman dies, but men are absolutely disposable, or at least that’s the impression that’s given off.
According to the author, it’s the job of men to die. Reading the article it would appear that it’s the job of men to be evil, too. Women must suffer none of these things. They must always be strong and upright and like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. If they deviate from this, then there is a massive problem with sexism in the industry.
What would happen if The Witcher had been written in the way that the feminists wanted?
Then you’d have no show.
For one, the women characters would be beyond boring. Queen Calanthe is one of the villains within the show who you can’t help but sympathize with. She’s a bloody queen who loves war but goes above and beyond for her family, even to the point of attempting to subvert destiny with shady actions. If feminists had their way, she’d still be badass, but her flaw of being borderline evil would disappear and she’d just be the warring Queen who only makes war because she’s protecting her people and her family.
And she doesn’t die.
Renfri, another tragic character, is also a badass woman who was hunted by a sorcerer since childhood. She’s led a life of crime, was raped at a young age, and more, all because she was born under certain conditions. She spent her life hunting the sorcerer in return. The sorcerer wanted Geralt to kill Renfri, and Renfri wanted Geralt to kill the sorcerer. He denies them both and tries to convince Renfri to just walk away from the situation altogether and choose to live a life without revenge. She initially seems to accept but then later Geralt is forced to kill Renfri and her men, prompting him to learn a hard lesson about choices.
If Jezebel had their way, Renfri would still be badass but, like Calanthe, would only be a badass because she has to protect herself against evil men. Otherwise, she’s a standup citizen who never does anything wrong, and she wouldn’t die.
I could go on with other characters, but you get the point.
No woman dies. No woman experiences character development because they don’t need it. They’re perfect.
There’s no story there. The feminist character is unbelievable and unrealistic, and the fact that they have “plot armor” makes them invincible. There are no stakes. No matter what, they’ll find a way to overcome their predicament and the only people who will die will be the evil men who started the confrontation in the first place.
It’s more formulaic than a Power Rangers episode.
The fact is, imperfection and evil exist in everyone to a degree and that includes women. Women are just as capable of being evil as men, and just watching the news can show you that. Women make false claims of rape that ruin innocent men’s lives almost daily. The most high profile of which occurred recently in our Supreme Court.
They murder, they rape, they steal, and they make decisions that not only hurt themselves but everyone around them. No matter how good, at some point, you’re going to do bad.
This is why, even in movies about fantastical superheroes and giant monsters, it’s still considered bad if the characters aren’t believable. Eliminating the imperfections in a human is too much reality to push away. Giant monsters are something we can accept, but a flawless individual?