Quotes: Women’s Emotional Lives Do Not Revolve around Men

“It strikes me as unusual and as noteworthy that we should see two such dissimilar films [Moana and Arrival] foreground so strongly connection between women across generations within a family. To acknowledge that women’s emotional lives do not revolve around men, and also acknowledge a strong family component, without reducing the female characters to people who have no emotional lives outside their family concerns.

“These films are also really good speculative fiction. So I recommend them.”

– Liz Bourke



Bourke, Liz. “Sleeps with Monsters: Intergenerational Female Influences in Arrival and Moana.” Tor.com, May 23, 2017.

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2 thoughts on “Quotes: Women’s Emotional Lives Do Not Revolve around Men

  1. Erik July 5, 2017 / 09:36

    I keep coming back to this quote. This expresses so clearly something that I felt about Arrival and Moana without being able to articulate.


  2. Eppu July 6, 2017 / 10:26

    Agreed. Obviously, men are a part of women’s emotional lives, whether family members, relatives, or friends. Of course. It’s the omission of anything else, or anyone else, in a lot of (Anglo-American) media that’s unrealistic.


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