Monday, September 24, 2007

Quote of the day

"As I thought more about Sally Field's remarks I realized that she's typecasting women just like Betty Friedan stereotyped women in the suburbs of 1950s and '60s.

"Field got caught somewhere in the midst of her various television and movie roles. Her Gidget and Flying Nun characters epitomized the warm, fuzzy, trite characterization of women that the feminists decried. Make no mistake, Field has played a lot of strong characters, but she's throwing it all away to suggest that all women really are like women in Gidget-land. And if we were in charge, there would be no wars and nothing bad would happen. Unfortunately, Gidget wasn't a particularly deep character; so Field communicated strength by screaming at the audience and using a little vulgarity. How very unGidget-like. How very unwomanly. How weak. If anything, her lack of control personifies the 'little woman' who really shouldn't trouble her head about important things, especially things like war."

— Pia de Solenni on Sally Field's Emmy speech