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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE
ISSUE 49 DECEMBER 2017

BRUEGEL’S THE
PARABLE OF THE BLIND
MARK ANTHONY KAYE

WHY MEN ARE
BETTER VILLAINS
GRAHAM DASELER

MUTUAL DESTRUCTION
HANNAH KLUDY

PERMANENCE IN CHANGE
UTE CARSON

THE MEANING OF CICADAS
WENDY RITCHEY

WE ARE AT THEIR MERCY
PATTY FISCHER

JE SUIS UN ARTISTE
KYLE MANGAN
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Think, for a moment, of the meanest, the scariest, the most intimidating movie villains you can summon to your mind. Have you got them? Now, let me ask you, how many of them are women?

The American Film Institute reckons the ratio is about one woman for every two men. But that can’t be right, can it? Are the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) really as scary as Hannibal Lecter and Amon Göth, the concentration commandant in Schindler’s List (1993)? Be your gender what it may, you will certainly have to admit that, when it comes to movie bad guys, the best bad guys are almost all, well, guys.

But why is this? Are men just better at playing villains than women? Or has Hollywood stacked the deck against women?

 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE BY MARTIN CHIPPERFIELD 34THPARALLEL@GMAIL.COM