Check out all of the posts from our Women Scientists Theme Week here.
Dr. Sattler is awesome. She’s a character who doesn’t fit into any typical Hollywood box: A friendly, stable, super-smart woman who wants to be a mother, has her own nerdy career, and doesn’t think twice about being a badass. … I saw ‘Jurassic Park’ when I was seven and from then on wanted to be Dr. Ellie Sattler.
Yet in rewatching ‘Jurassic Park,’ it struck me that not only is Laura Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler a portrayal of a female scientist that is largely unseen in film, but she is, on numerous occasions, keenly aware of her gender and how this leads to her treatment.
Does Claire have to forgo her more gentle side to have some form of agency in the corporate world? Does she have to exhibit traditionally masculine traits in order to operate within a male dominated realm? Is she less of a woman because she’s not very interested in kids or having kids? There’s a dichotomy going on here that’s worth exploring.
Check out what we’ve been reading this week–and let us know what you’ve been reading/writing in the comments!
Tyler Perry’s Rape Problem by Carolyn Edgar Jessica Chastain, “Roles for Women Have Taken a Step Back” by Sasha Stone via Women and Hollywood Think ‘The Walking Dead’ Has a Woman Problem? Here’s the Source by Simon Abrams via The Village Voice Rick Ross, Don Draper, and the Fantasy World of Masculinity by Mychal Denzel […]