• Thu, Jan 13 2011

I Don’t Need a Cheesy Natalie Portman Romcom to Empower Me Sexually, Thanks

The new Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached is about two people who, well, sleep together with no strings attached. If not for the fact that Portman is getting Oscar buzz for Black Swan and needs to be in the news right now, this movie would probably get buried and we could all move on with our lives. But instead, we’re being treated to pearls of wisdom from Ashton Kutcher. He said that he hopes young women will be “empowered” by Portman’s character. I appreciate Ashton fucking Kutcher’s attempts to speak for all women here, but I don’t need some paint-by-numbers Hollywood movie character to teach me lessons about my own sexual identity. For one thing, she’s only ‘empowered’ by Hollywood’s very narrow standards, which means she’s still pretty, has guys lusting after her, and is in the position to make such choices about her sexuality. And though I haven’t seen the movie, I have a pretty strong sense that their characters end up together, which is fine, except that if the message you’re trying to teach is ‘you can separate sex and love and that’s empowering,’ and then you say ‘except that you can’t, because then after a series of wacky hijinks you wind up together at the end,’ that’s a pretty contradictory message.

Kutcher also adds that he thinks more movies need to emphasize that women can enjoy sex. As much as it pains me to say this, I agree with him on that one. But not every woman enjoys no-strings-attached sex with overgrown frat boys. I hope that Kutcher and Portman’s sex scenes are positive and woman-friendly, but I guess we’ll have to see. And maybe I’d buy the uniqueness and specialness if this movie a little bit more if the same exact one wasn’t coming out in a month with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in it instead.

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  • Jen Dziura

    Similarly, the message at the end of “He’s Just Not That Into You” was that, for YOU, you special snowflake, he’s actually really into you!

  • L

    I hate them both. Never, ever watching.