Middle Age Women and Entertainment
By Debbie McNulty on June 29, 2014
Lately I have been noticing a trend. I can't find much I want to watch on television or at the movies. I think it is because I have hit that magical age (44) when television and movies producers no longer care about me as a demographic. It has been my habit to go to the movies about every two weeks. In the past there has always been more movies to see than I could fit into my schedule and budget. That is not the case anymore. Not only is there next to nothing I want to see, but even on that short list there is next to nothing that mirrors my experience.
I am going to sound like an old lady when I say this but I don't care. I am tired of all of the war and hunter shows on television. I could care less about watching a storage war, backyard war, Yeti hunt, coupon quest, or sleazy girl fight show. All the high-octane, fast paced, rock'em shock'em stuff has just become so boring, and I wasn't that interested in it to begin with.
Thank goodness the BBC, HBO, A & E, AMC, and OWN exists. I can usually find something to watch on one of these channels. Late in the evening Comedy Central delivers with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and At Midnight. Even with all of the Game of Thrones and Madmen goodness to be found on television I still don't really see women my age represented much. It isn't just that we are not represented, it is that our struggles are not represented. I guess raising teens and struggling with the day-to-day demands life places on us are not sexy enough.
Recently I was at the movies and I was shocked that not one of the trailers appealed to me. The only trailer I thought might be ok was from the movie "Lucy." In this film we see a 29-year-old Scarlett Johansson as Lucy. By the end of the movie she has incredible powers but only after being victimized. ARG! Bleh! Meh...I'm babbling I know.
What I want to see is strong female characters that are strong without having it thrust on them through victimization. I want to see women on television and in films supporting each other. Successful women who are empowered, those are the journeys I am interested in seeing. I miss shows like "Designing Women." That show was wonderful because it showed the journeys of 4 women, all different ages and personalities, and yet they were friends and they loved and supported each other. It had lots of humor but it also made me cry.
I just turned 44 and in the last few months it just seems so much worse. Is this all in my imagination? Maybe I am missing the good stuff?
As I was watching this clip I found out that Meshach Taylor has passed. I really loved his acting as Anthony Bouvier. He will be missed.
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