When you hear of Jurassic World and sexism, the thing you hear most is a woman runs in high heels. That isn’t sexism, that’s just a plot hole. There are worse examples of stupid representations of women than running in heels. And there are stupid representations of men too.
1. Men Shouldn’t Cry
The younger boy’s emotions are constantly corrected by the older boy, who represents older masculinity. In one scene, the boy breaks down about his parents divorcing. The older boy ignores or abuses him. The crying is an embarrassing barrier to the older boy acquiring women.
2. Never Too Early to Objectify Women
‘Acquiring’ is how this boy pursues girls. They are his objects. He stares at them—just stares—and rather than being uncomfortable, the girls enjoy it. That’s totally real life, right?
3. Women, And Their Bothersome Feelings
We are asked to feel sympathy for the burden of sentimentalism that’s been saddled on him by a needy girlfriend. Yep, he’s got a girlfriend back home while he tries to pick up chicks on holiday—something she’s probably not aware of.
4. No Madonna vs. Whore, Just Damsel vs. Detached
Women are either blubbering, whimpering messes, or cold, detached androids. Move over Madonna-whore, welcome 'damsel-detached'. You either need a man, or you’re frigid. It’s high school all over again.
5. Don’t Want to F**k? You’ve Got Problems
Claire, the female 'lead', who had previously rejected advances by Chris Pratt's character, has her sexuality questioned. She must be asexual for not accepting him. This was part of the scene that Joss Whedon decried as 70s’ sexism.
6. Shh, The Men Are Talking
When serious talk happens, women are sidelined. In one scene, Chris Pratt's navy hero (giving himself the nickname alpha...I can’t even), after getting nowhere with Claire (who is all but hysterical), walks straight-up to the man in the room—where the real power resides.
7. Strong Females = 0, Strong Males = 4+
There’s no strong female character, which doesn't always need to happen, but there’s several strong males: the military guy, the navy hero, the park owner, the scientist…it goes on.
8. How is Claire So Useless?
While Claire is not effective, it’s truly amazing just how impotent she is when you consider her position and experience. She’s the chief operations officer—of anyone on the island, she should know at least a tiny bit about how to deal with this situation—and yet she has no idea. None. Her solutions are useless. She crumbles almost instantly that the going gets tough.
9. Men Just Know Stuff in Their Guts
And who does she run to? Alpha Male. Who hasn’t demonstrated any skills nor ability to deal with the problem to date. Except for bravado. But that’s all you need, right?
10. No Kids = No Humanity
Being childless, Claire shows much less concern for the loss of life than others. That's until she discovers her womanhood and connects with the fear of losing her nephews. It’s then that she realises the importance of human life. Because of course, childless people couldn’t care less about the loss of life. We let people die all the time, what do we care?
11. Women Need to Mother
We have to sit through Claire's sister explicitly pressuring her to endure childbirth before the sister invariably breaks down, such is her fragility. It’s not even quite clear what she’s crying about. She’s just a mess.
12. Knowing Her Place As A Mother
It reaches peak sexism when Claire finally gives up her role and fully assumes motherly duties, focusing on the kids. She showed little capability to do anything useful up til the point her woman-parts kicked-in and she became a mother. Because until you have kids, you’re just an empty vessel, etc., etc.
13. Do You Even Care About Children?!
Claire doesn't know the age of her nephews, and we are made to take a pregnant pause on that. The Alpha, upon realising this, almost vomits in her face, such is this disgusting betrayal of her womanly role. (Let’s imagine a male playing this part, with the same level of interest in children: he would probably win uncle of the year).
14. Sensitivity is For Fags
The younger boy at one point offers to hold hands with his brother. This boy has just witnessed people close to him be torn apart and slaughtered. And you can almost hear the older brother say, “stop it, fag”, as he looks down at the offer with mocking bewilderment.
(Oh, of course there's no queer people in the film. Are you kidding?).
15. Hysterical Woman, Concerned Man
There’s the juxtaposed helicopter scenes. In the first helicopter scene, the inexperienced pilot laughs off Claire’s concerns. He chortles and throws his head back, making quips about her efforts to control (controlling women, guffaw, right guys?). Next time, it's the same pilot, but the person with concerns is male. The pilot’s head is tilted down, he shows deference, and actually apologises.
16. Men Are Leaders
Claire is simply ignored by men at several points, despite the authority of her position. Meanwhile, Alpha Male just assumes leadership in the most random places where he has no established position. Like of the military contractor's personnel. Men are shown here by physiology or temperament more adapted to exercise authority or to issue command—to appropriate a quote by Tony Abbott.
17. Women Make the Best Personal Assistants, etc.
The senior operations woman working under Claire weirdly becomes personal assistant to the park owner. It's not that there's anything wrong with a woman playing such a stereotypical role. It's just strange that she flicks between direct control of a multi-trillion dollar operation to managing someone's diary. It would have been like Alpha Male bringing Claire coffee, except that would be more appropriate given their positions.
I'm sure they have scenes on the cutting room floor where this woman was a nurse, flight attendant, and waitress.
18. Crying Women
Women cry, or are glassy-eyed, a lot, in a weak, not-coping way. There's no moment when a woman is crying in anger. It’s never a useful, or a cathartic thing. A man cries maybe once.
None of this is unusual for action movies, nor for film generally. But it is unusual for the Jurassic franchise, and it is unusual for a film to go so far back on the promise of the 90s. Here’s what we had 20 years ago in Jurassic Park:
John Hammond: It ought to be me really going.
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Why?
John Hammond: Well, I’m a... And you’re, um, a...
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Look... We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.
Jurassic World's Director, Colin Trevorrow, admits that it's sexist, saying he doesn't disagree with Whedon's comments. It's not unique in its stupidity (which includes its stupid representations of dinosaurs), but it is an extreme example that we need to call out.
Hopefully, Dr. Sattler’s prophecy comes true in the next phase of this imaginary dinosaur world:
Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.