In a recent issue of Time magazine, model and actress Isabella Rossellini caught my attention [subscription required] with this statement:
“Yes, there’s ageism in modeling and acting…The story you hear over and over is about seducing a man and getting married, but women do much more than that.”
Without having time for extended contemplation or research, that strikes me as painfully true. It doesn’t matter if she’s a doctor, a lawyer or hooker, or if it’s set in modern day New York, ancient Rome or on a space ship - in the movies, the woman’s story is always about finding a man. Unless she is old and then it’s about mourning a man.
This may be radical notion, but after the kids are raised, who cares? And that’s Ms. Rossellini’s point, isn’t it: there are no movies about women older than 40.
On the other hand, the story we hear again and again about men is the hero who saves the world – whether on the home front or the entire planet. I wonder if men are as weary of their only story as I am of women’s?
We are all – men and women - so much more than that.