Yet this fresh injection of XX chromosomes does not alter my eagerness to see the new Star Wars. Abrams’ assumption that in order for a movie to be female-friendly it has to have women in it is on the same spectrum as Wells’s claim that women won’t cope watching men clobber each other for a couple of hours.
Both are wrong.
So it’s not in fact necessary for Hollywood to have more leading female roles, it’s not necessary for older actresses to get the part and so on.
Because, women, just like men, do not need to see themselves up on screen in order to enjoy the fantasy of a story being told.
Rather pisses on all those squealing about race, transwhateveritis and so on too. Actors can just get on with the business of lying to us, that process called *acting*, and we can all go along with the suspension of belief that listening to a story requires.
Nice of The Guardian to put us straight really.