June 05, 2016
| Lisa Suhay
| Christian Science Monitor
Jennifer Lawrence's 'X-Men' billboards get removed. Why?
Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Centerin Washington, D.C. says that the feminist side of this issue is that, onscreen, women are outnumbered by men as film leads by a margin of 2 to 1. “Which means the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is playing a lead character in an action movie is a big deal—one to be celebrated,” Ms. Burton writes to the Monitor in an email. “Movies tell us who we are and what we can be and the marketers for this movie had a choice of the kind of image they wanted to portray to sell the movie. Rather than choosing a strong, affirma-tive action image of the woman character, they chose one where she was in the violent grips of a male character.