'Jurassic World' Tackles Sexism As Claire Dearing Is Declared A 'Feminist Hero'

Chanel Adams

Jurassic World may be heating up the box office. The movie is breaking records as it already closes in on $1 billion. That hasn't stopped both fans and the media from dubbing the movie as "sexist." Many have accused director Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World of not knowing what to do with his female lead character.

Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing is the lead woman in this film. She's seen as a hard-headed and hard-working corporate head and manager of the Jurassic World dinosaur park. Even though she's in charge of the multi-billion dollar company, she's still completely clueless on how to deal with actual dinosaurs and hybrid versions.

As Marlowe Stern for The Daily Beast wrote, Jurassic World is "about a woman's 'evolution' from an icy-cold, selfish corporate shill into a consider wife and mother."

What are the film's other "sexist" problems? Not only is Claire is seen as an "icy cold" businesswoman, she's also seen as someone who's afraid to have children, let alone talk to them. Her sister, Karen (Judy Greer) tells Claire that she will "settle down" and understand what it's like to raise children. In Jurassic World, Claire is also seen as a "control freak" who needs a man to "tame" her and to settle down.

"All I could feel was, 'Look, yes, it's designed to be this way.' I don't feel that we need to surrender a woman's femininity in order for her to be a badass action hero. That was something I was interested in. I feel like I've seen a lot of women who are made to look very masculine and tough — and that's awesome too. But this felt like someplace I could go that might actually be new in how retro it is. So we embraced it."
"[Whedon is] a hero, he's an amazing guy and a champion for women in this industry. Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context … Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, 'Nooooo!' Especially because when you see the movie it's not at all like that, but we make movies and it's out there for public opinion and I hope he likes the movie!"

There were also complaints about Claire's wardrobe in the film. She was seen wearing a prim and proper white blouse and pencil skirt for much of the movie. When Claire "got down to business," she ripped open her blouse and revealed an off-color tank top. Some fans didn't even like that Claire ran in high heels for most of Jurassic World.

But some are seeing Claire Dearing as some kind of "feminist hero." According to Bustle contributor Jefferson Grubbs, she was staying true to her character as she helped Grady battle a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur and rescue her nephews in the process. According to Grubbs, it's sexist for people to think that a woman has to change her femininity in order to be seen as "bad a**" or tough.

"To me, having Claire keep her heels was a refreshing change. Few things symbolize femininity as perfectly as high-heeled shoes — so the fact that Claire kept them on isn't sexist, it's extremely important to her development. Other characters always wanted Claire to change, to become either more or less feminine. But at the end of the day, she didn't have to change. She already had everything it took to survive… and she didn't have to discard her femininity to find it."

That hasn't stopped some from believe that Claire Dearing's is this year's new feminist role model. Some fans have taken to Twitter to applaud Bryce's character.

— Nathanael Hood (@NateHood257) June 16, 2015

— Luna Luna Magazine (@LunaLunaMag) June 20, 2015

— Jefferson Grubbs (@MrScreenAddict) June 19, 2015

— jojen (@sansaery) June 18, 2015

[Image: Universal Pictures]

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