So Lord of the Flies is coming back to the big screen. That’s some awesome news. See, I love this story and have read the book and seen both movies multiple times. Hearing the announcement that there’d be a shiny new version made me all sorts of happy for a plethora of reasons. But that’s not the point of this piece. William Golding’s classic explored the desperation and evil within human DNA and shocked readers and viewers with the violence committed by children as their humanity slipped away and they gave into their basic instincts, the same ones we all guard against when confronted with adversity is, apparently, not applicable to girls.
And that shit is sexist.
The writers behind this revamp, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, are men and that automatically makes them unqualified to write a female-centered film with any semblance of authenticity and respect. There should be women writing and directing a whole-new-story-based film written specifically for girls because how can a man ever possibly take a story about boys and turn it into a story about girls when the sexes are so dramatically different?
Wow. I feel dirty after writing that drivel but that’s one of the arguments used by certain feminists (men and women, y’all) when they’ve complained about how terrible this future fail is guaranteed to be. Let me repeat that: the film will fail because men.
Like I said. Shit is sexist.
There are other reasons brought out to “prove” how this film shouldn’t be made because blind rage knows no bounds – or logic. Toxic Masculinity is one of those pathetic arguments. Don’t get me wrong; I know for a fact this is a thing but to claim that Lord of the Flies is a story seeped in it is to ignore all that make us humane. In the story, the boys begin as average kids and it’s the survival-turned-power-struggle that turn them into inhuman individuals. IF you stripped away all the socially acceptable norms of society, what else do you think would happen? It’s not the X in their chromosome that drives them so far from decency, its being a freaking human being on the edge without any means of support.
Women would never do that is another popular war cry in the crusade against the reboot. This argument fails once you realize Aileen Wournos, Mary I, Elisabeth I, Catherine the Great, Cleopatra VII, Delphine LaLaurie, Ilse Koch and Griselda Blanco among numerous others were real-life people who did horrible things (yes, even Elizabeth of the Golden Age). The claim that a group of girls would never cross that line that separate us from rabid animals, especially from feminists who claim to strive for equality, is far more shocking than the gender-swapped future film. The truth is, girls would react the same way. Why? Because science has shown that your brain isn’t different based on your sex. Inside, we’re all the same, juicy-filled crazy just waiting to pop and only kept reined in because we’re raised all proper and shit.
Think its weird calling a feminist a sexist? When their claims that women are inherently better than men to such a degree they’d, at most, be snippy with each other while stranded on an island and struggling to survive, is casebook sexism there’s no other word more fitting. This shit is why I refuse to call myself a feminist even thought I hold feminist values about complete equality.
Think about the messages being sent: boys are monsters without guiding hands but girls are leagues beyond them. Alone, a boy cannot control himself and will hurt those he cares about while a girl would never dream of causing pain. Boys will be boys and being a boy means you’re bad and unworthy and cannot be trusted. Boys are bad. Boys are bad. Boys are bad. Boys are…
I saw – swear to gods I don’t believe in – the men just want to see scantily-clad little girls and to that I saw shut the goddamn up. Have you ever heard anyone make that claim about either the 1963 or 1990 versions? Ever basically accuse those creators of being filthy pedophiles? No? Didn’t think so. Yes, there is brief nudity in the story but it fits the narrative. It can also be easily filmed around. The film is not about oogling young girls; it’s about retelling a classic story.
This argument says two things: 1) we’re a society of prudes who can’t not sexualize children in the guise of saving children from those who sexualize and 2) girls need extra protection because sexism.
I’ve also seen a number of men can’t and shouldn’t write women because (sexist) reasons and those arguments are just as unconvincing. If you can’t write the opposite sex, you suck at writing and need to lose the “they’re different” mindset that these feminists seem stuck in. The truth is, a writer who knows what they’re doing can do it. And for all those who claim men can’t write good roles for women, I direct your attention to this summer’s smash hit – and DCEU savior – Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster was written by Allan Heinberg with the story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs. Menfolk. And I think we can agree they did a damn fine job.
Should we have more women creating stories in Hollywood? Of course. Should we have better roles for women in film? Duh. Should we shit on men and boys and call them vicious animals far below the polished sophistication of women and girls when a gender-swapped Lord of the Flies is announced? No. So stop.
Oh, and Golding was sexist. He believed boys and men were easily lead to the dark side and women and girls were far better because… well, it doesn’t matter his reasons because, sexist. And the number of feminists I’ve seen quoting him these last few days is astonishing. I was always taught that feminism was all about equality, not demeaning men and boys to raise women and girls. Honestly, if you want more allies – and to keep the ones you got – stop wearing your distanin for malefolk like a badge of honor, which is all this bitching about a rebooted Lord of the Flies is. Crying out we’re better does nothing for your cause and, quite frankly, shouldn’t be a part of it. No wonder feminism has an image problem.