The holiday season is a time for families to join together and go see the latest box-office hit. Last weekend was no exception. The box office report announced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke a November record with its hero, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as its star.
Catching Fire made history with its $16.1 million debut — only three films have opened higher. Yes, the novel based film broke a record with a woman portrayed as the hero as its star. But, what does this tell us about women as the headliners in the media?
Only a few minutes into the film we begin to see the familiar face of Katniss Everdeen — strong, intelligent, and courageous. Women as heroes are an image parents can be proud to show their children.
If more women and men support films whose female characters are presented in a positive light, perhaps negative stereotypes and traditional gender roles depicted in film, music videos and other forms of entertainment will end for future generations.