Women are a majority in the world, and they are truly oppressed. That is a truism by civil standards, and yet there are many places in the world that deny women basic human rights. Just as bad, within civilized societies such as in the US and Europe, sexism is as pervasive as gender bias.
Eléonore Pourriat used film to make a point. One can’t say that it is clever as much as it is trite. In this instance, trite will do.
Casting a man in a “woman’s” role is provocative and popular, which is why it has viral appeal.
Given a big budget, one might want to see what she can do in addressing the grossly deficient absence of women in government throughout the world. Would it not be a welcome experience to see what women can do when they are truly in charge.
Hopefully, they will not act like men as the women do in this film. See the film here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2014/feb/11/oppressed-majority-film-women-eleonore-pourriat
“Oppressed Majority: the film about a world run by women that went viral
Eléonore Pourriat's short film imagines how a man might experience a sexual assault in a matriarchal society. 'I wanted it to be not so realistic but frightening,' she says!
Have you seen the film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée)? In less than a week since its director Eléonore Pourriat uploaded it to YouTube, the version with English subtitles has been watched over 2.3m times – and rising. The 10-minute film tells the story of Pierre, an ordinary guy, on an ordinary day, in an unnamed French town. But something is different in Pierre's world. Women are in charge. They run around barechested – hey, it's hot! – piss in an alley, and offer sexual favours to Pierre when he is stuck at a red light. (He's riding a bike, so his lack of physical barriers provides an opportunity if not a provocation.) Events culminate when Pierre is sexually assaulted at knifepoint. Inevitably, the police officer who takes Pierre's statement is female. She raises an eyebrow, but only to check for accuracy: "She pinched my testicles … then she took my penis in her mouth and bit it"?
Still from Oppressed Majority by Eléonore Pourriat
Ouch. Why that particular assault? "It is the complex of castration," Pourriat says, speaking from Paris. "The worst fright of men. I wanted it to be not so realistic but frightening."