Friday, December 3, 2010
Why I Support Women In Horror Month (And Why You Should Too)
This post is a result of a couple of goings ons, one of which, has gotten my panties into a bit of a wad. An interwebs war of words has been going on for the past couple of days between a few folks who are waving the flag for Women in Horror Month (info about the event here) and other parties who believe that the month screams of sour grapes. That the energies poured into the event and the very vocal efforts of the group could be best directed elsewhere. I'm not going to name parties involved, that's not my style. My post is to defend the event, highlight why I think the month is important and ultimately, why you should give a damn.
I equate the situation of the female filmmaker (I'm speaking specifically about the horror genre here) to that of a female musician in a heavy metal band. I've been a fan of heavy metal since the day I punched my way out of my mother's womb (read: this a complete and utter exaggeration). It has long been a boy's only club. Its really only been within the last decade that we've seen more bands with female guitarists and females actually fronting bands, putting some male singers to shame in the process. True, there were some floating around in the 80's and 90's, but its only been recently that the act has become more commonplace. Bands like Kylesa, Arch Enemy, and Lacuna Coil (to name a few) have fought hard to gain recognition as many a male fan has shunned the mere notion of a female in a metal band being more 'metal' than their penis slinging opposites. But I'm encouraged at the sight of seeing more and more women at metal shows and more ladies starting or joining bands.
In the same regard, I've seen this go on within the horror community. It too has long been a boys only club with only a few female filmmakers, writers, producers, etc. gaining recognition. And even that seems like a monumental task to have happen. Enter Women In Horror Month, a concerted effort to spotlight the works of female horror filmmakers. So what's wrong with an entire month dedicated to them? More specifically, as is the main bone of contention in this argument, what's wrong with having a mission statement and clearly and unabashedly speaking out? The only way people change is if particular persons, practices or behaviors are outed. And it's not like this group is just shouting from a soapbox and flinging mud. They are doing something about it like starting monthly festivals in their own hometowns and working through non traditional outlets like this here blog to get their work out there.
Overall, this is an extremely positive outlet. Please, support their incredible works by checking out the site and the various events that are being held. The metal scene is starting to welcome women to a more prominent seat at the table. It's high time the horror genre does the same.
Cortez the Killer