The Big Picture: Why Can't a Woman ... Be a Man?

That may be the only way females can get good roles in today's blockbuster movies

Rico Torres / Weinstein Company

Photo Caption: Rose McGowan stars in Robert Rodriquez's Planet Terror (GRINDHOUSE).

With all of its bustling and agenda setting, the new Democratic majority ought to think about passing an Affirmative Action Resolution for Women in Movies. Madame Speaker, women are more than half the population of this great country, yet onscreen they're an endangered species--the ivory-billed woodpeckers of cinema.

Visit your multiplex, and try, just try, to find a movie where women are as plentiful and powerful as men. 300, the Spartan workout video, has one important female role, of King Leonidas' wife (Lena Headey); that leaves 299 for the guys. In Shooter, the hero-on-the-run gets brief assistance...

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