'The Social Network' has a woman problem

Social-Network-Jesse-RooneyImage Credit: Merrick MortonThe Social Network has turned out to be the rare pop cultural phenomenon that is everything we hoped it would be. Smart, riveting, and very much of our time, it provides endless fodder for intellectual dissection and further exploration. The fact that it has become so all-engrossing, however, makes one glaring fact about it all the more disturbing: Its downright appalling depiction of women.

I want to recommend this film unequivocally to anyone who hasn’t seen it, but it’s hard to get past its female problem. I get that it’s ostensibly non-fiction. I know there aren’t a heck of a lot of female computer science majors, period — women make up about 15 percent of top university classes in the subject, according to some estimates — and I know that regardless of percentages, it’s a fact that no women were involved in founding Facebook. And it would be nothing short of condescending for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (who, as The Daily Beast points out, acknowledged the problem in an interview with Stephen Colbert) and director David Fincher to have concocted some fictional spunky-girl nerd character or a wise female comp sci professor in an attempt to make their film more female-friendly.

But the way the women who do exist in the film are depicted is horrendous, like, ’50s-level sexist — if this were fiction, the snubs would be inexcusable. The shiniest example of female-dom is Rooney Mara’s idealized-woman-figure Erica Albright, who dumps anti-hero Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and, in a way, inspires him to start the company that eventually takes over the world. When Mark blogs nastily about her breast size and works out his rage at her by inventing “Facemash,” a viral hit allowing Harvard students to compare the hotness of co-eds on campus (before first considering comparing them to farm animals), it’s noted in the movie that this does not make him popular with female students. But that all seems to change once he invents the wildly popular Facebook. Then, we’re treated to a sequence in which a girl named Christy Lee (played by Suite Life of Zack & Cody‘s Brenda Song, in her I’m-not-a-kid-star-anymore moment) and her friend approach Zuckerberg and his business partner, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), because they’re the guys who made “the Facebook.” Oral sex in a public restroom ensues before Zuckerberg — inspired by a tense run-in with Erica — decides to expand the company. As he hands out orders back in his dorm room to his programming buddies, the girls look on blankly, until finally asking if there’s anything they can do to help — and being pointedly turned down, the floozy jokes of the otherwise geeky scene. Christy Lee will steal her most memorable moment on screen by setting something on fire, the ultimate crazy girlfriend.

From there, women in the movie are reduced to set pieces, gyrating, nearly naked scenery at parties, bimbo potheads, and mini-skirt-wearing interns meant to denote how far Zuckerberg has risen from his dorky beginnings. At one point, his mentor, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) brings a Victoria’s Secret model along as his date, and her major function is to demand shots if the boys insist on talking about icky business stuff. Perhaps the most nuanced female character in the film is the object of Sean’s one-night-stand who happens to first introduce him to Facebook. At least she seemed to give him a run for his wits as she questioned whether he remembered her name or not — even if she was ultimately blown away to find out he’d founded Napster.

Without sifting through the backstories of Zuckerberg and company for strong female figures, it’s hard to know what the filmmakers could have done differently while still hewing to some version of the truth. And it’s clear that they’re showing us, for better or worse, how women function in these particular boys’ worlds, which, apparently, is as objects to be conquered with fame and fortune. The Social Network certainly provides, if nothing else, strong evidence that we still need feminism, that we need to inundate boys with it in particular — and that we need to nurture math and science skills in girls more than ever before, so they have as good a chance at changing the world as these guys did.

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  • Elena

    Like I needed another reason NOT to see this.

    • D

      get in the kitchen and bring me a sandwich

      • jnjenkins

        are you serious right now?

      • JenD

        lemme guess, you’re single?

      • annalissac

        you must mean “sudo get in the kitchen and bring me a sandwich”. If you don’t get this joke, you’re not geeky enough.

      • Vincent Trolle

        Ya bring me sandwich you useless skanks. Facebook is a pretty cool guy. He bangs chicks and doesnt afraid of anything.

      • LOL

        ahahhhhahaha Crazies!!!

      • Tsky

        WOW. how can you even think thats funny?

      • Vincent Trolle


    • Cris

      Really? What were the other reasons? The director and screenwriter with stellar resumes, the attractive cast, the Oscar buzz or the mostly-glowing reviews?

      • J’

        @Cris..Stellar resumes? Um, how did I not realize this move was made by Speilberg or Scorsese? Oh wait. It wasn’t. Mostly glowing reviews? From EW certainly – they pushed this flick left, right and center. But it still only bowed with $23 million. Truly stellar. The most important reason not to see this (aside from the crappy portrayal of women): no one cares.

      • Lisa

        Don’t feel bad Cris. “J” clearly doesn’t know who these guys are and that’s a shame.
        “J”, for your education:
        watch A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War…just to give you a head start on Aaron Sorkin, the writer and playwright.
        As to David Fincher, why don’t you watch Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
        Yes dear, educate yourself before you speak. You sound about twelve…because only a twelve year old wouldn’t know what these two men have done in their careers.

      • slade

        Ha, wow, so movies not made Spielburg or Scorsese are not movies worth seeing? And how does the box office total (which happened to be the top grosser for the weekend) a valid marker you use for a reason to see a movie? Wow. You would really irritate me if I didn’t feel so sorry for you.

      • BlackIrish4094

        I agree in the sense that I don’t care for Fincher’s direction or his films in general. Additionally it’s about Facebook, which is the biggest waste of time ever and many people find the height of stupidity and self absorption. Sorkin’s work is excellent, no doubt but for a lot of people (including myself) this movie is a no go. And Fight Club, Seven, Zodiac and Benjamin Button are all overrated IMO.

      • smptesorkin

        if youre not seeing any films that aren’t by speilberg or scorcese, then you’re really missing out. ever heard of a small film called fight club, or a really unpopular tv show called the west wing? same director and writer, respectively. you’re an idiot for not seeing this movie.

      • Idiots on Board

        I don’t know, but I’m sure J’ hasn’t seen Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. If he has he’d probably name those two as Scorsese’s worst movies, because they were boring.

      • Jeremy DC

        @BlackIrish4094 Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac and Benjamin Button were all underrated IMO.

      • DT

        Yeah, the people behind this have a good record. Also, if you’re judging a movie by box office, you’re no better than the girls in the film who only give it up to rich guys. You’re just judging a movie, one you’ve not even bothered to see at that.

      • Aaron

        “J” you don’t know s**t about movies.Fincher is one of the most revered American filmmaker auteurs in the world right now…right up there with Aronofsky and Nolan. Fight Club and Zodiac are all masterpieces in my book, and Seven is pretty damn good too…

        …the honest fact is, you prob don’t even go to the movies for the director…because if you were truly a film fan, you would undoubtedly realize that there are other (and perhaps better) filmmakers than Scorsese and Spielberg out there.

    • mark

      shut up

    • JoeSho

      Hmmm… seems like a pretty real potrail of women to me. I don’t see why rock stars and rappers are the only ones who have groupies. A lot of these dumbass reality shows proove if you are rich and famous, legs spread a part as if by some slut magic. The movie is not sexist its realistic. Hell… more than half of the females ON facebook are pot headed bimbos ;)

      • Meredith

        So your justification for the offensive portrayal of women is that rap videos do it too?
        If you sat through that movie and felt as though it was a real, honest and well-rounded view of women–I’m sure you’re a lonely boy with a lot of maturing to do whose most recent female companion was a Playboy.

      • Brownie

        I would say the offensive portrayal of women is because women act offensively when looking at fame and money. Let’s not pretend we are all girl scounts here.

  • Dysthymia83

    The film depicts them that way because the film is largely the characters’ points of view (hence the somewhat flashback structure) and the male characters in the film are clearly rather sexist.

    • Lynny


      • Jess

        Sure, but it is possible for a film to show that its protagonists are sexist without being sexist itself. How? By showing that the women aren’t the objects/inferior beings that the men believe them to be. If the film only shows the women fulfilling the sexist depiction the male characters have of them, then the film is sexist, not just the characters.

      • llevinso

        I agree with Jess. I do really want to see this movie but I’m hesitant because of the depiction of women that I’ve heard about.

      • Nicole

        Extremely well said, Jess.

      • BJ

        I’m also on board with Jess. The sexism, which is very real in this world, should be portrayed, but it shouldn’t be done so in an approving manner.

      • DT

        This movie is NOT about the women’s viewpoint in the first place, so why the rancor? Also, I’ve seen the movie, and it’s good. It’s not endorsing anyone’s behavior at all, so there’s no point in equating it with I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL. Heck, I thought THE HANGOVER had a worse depiction of women, but nobody was calling that movie out.

      • Rob

        Jess, that’s not possible, as the movie is told via their point of view, why would the writers manipulate their point of view for a feminist cause? No, it would remain true to their sexist point of view, whether it is regarded well or not.

      • Rob

        What I mean by their point of view, is I mean it in a direct way, the storytelling is done via the deposition of the main character, and each character tells bits and pieces of the story. So you are seeing their view of what happened, not what neccessarily happened, obviously.

      • anonymous

        Lots of “mansplaining” going on in this thread. Think about the wider context of the treatment of women in Hollywood, and when you’re patting yourselves on the back for coming up with examples that support your point of view, then start listing examples of men in fiction. Those of you who are open-minded will get the point.

      • DT

        Well then, Anonymous, if that’s your real name, what’s your “gynomite” explanation?

      • Rob S.

        Anonymous, I’m not denying your view on Hollywood’s depiction of women. But this film isn’t about Hollywood, it’s about self-involved rich young men. As they were the ones that started Facebook and no women had any hand in it, their perspectives are the only ones we have to go on, and to change the closest thing we have to a legitimate history to appeal to a wider audience would be just as wrong as what’s already shown.

      • sanscomic

        Anonymous while you’re patting yourself on the back for obliquely making some point about how Hollywood movies always have a love interest and how in the interest of making money they don’t overburden their fizzly screenwriters brains with writing a realistic human female into Transformers in Jamaica you might want to come back to half explain what in the hell that has to do with men being dominant in fiction and then go on to half explain what Jews being dominant in Hollywood has to do with all of this and how it doesn’t make you racist and a hypocrite at all to apply standards on the book industry that you wouldn’t on the movie industry. Or maybe you should just try writing some fiction, you seem to have a knack for explaining things.

    • Ames

      I know I’m making a sweeping generalization here, but here goes anyway.

      When nerdy/geeky guys are wondering why women don’t like them, do not assume it is b/c we are shallow. Watch how these guys treat women and look at your own behavior. I have seen so many guys act so condescendingly toward women, then wonder why, oh why can’t they find a girlfriend?

      • kv

        oh please I am female and yes part of it is women some are very shallow. This is the freaking Internet do you read the crap women write nothing to do with right or wrong or morals all about the size of an actor’s privates and how famous he is. Cut the martyr crap. Fact is women can be very shallow and are equally vile as man in different ways.

      • dk

        I agree with ames point. Its not all women mind you but there are many out there that act like this and complain that “they can’t find a good man” when they just finished being a complete B to one. then they generalize all guys and all the good ones get lumped in with idiots like the facebook guys apparently.

      • Mary

        I totally agree with you. I’m an engineer and can’t tell you how many men act rudely and disrespectfully and then wonder why they’re such losers and can’t get a date.

      • Jeremy DC

        There are all these movies with nerdy guys trying to get the hot girl as if she is a prize to win, and yet people root for them as if they are some sort of better person than the stereotypical dumb jock. Well, they aren’t. Just because this movie is in your face about it and the sexism that young immature men still give to women doesn’t mean this movie is sexist itself.

      • DT

        What you say is very true, but I’ve also seen in high school and far beyond plenty of girls walk past the nice guy on their way to the rich douche. I’ve also seen hot girls drop the nice guys they dated for a richer or more popular dude. The depiction might not be pretty, but it’s not a total fiction either.

      • Li

        Ames, no offense, but how many “nice guy vs bad boy” scenarios fictional and real life do you need to see that women will choose the bad boy even though it’s clear to everyone (even to the girl) that she’s going to be unappreciated or hurt? So fault goes to theguys, the girls and yes to the media…..

      • Felicia

        @DT, how many guys go after the hot girls that reject them rather than considering the not-so-hot girl who may be interested in them. If a lot of women go after the rich and successful despite character, just as many guys go for hot with no thought to character at all. Men and women are BOTH capable of being obnoxiously shallow.

      • DT

        Which is the point I was trying to make in rebuking Ames, who seemed to imply that shallow, jerky behavior exists in a guy’s domain. Duh, Felicia.

    • Moose

      Just a thought… most women who go for a guy only because they are famous usually aren’t the cream of the crop to begin with.
      Most women who have respect for themselves and have any common sense usually stay away from losers who suddenly become famous because of the fact that they usually are manhores and disrespectful.

    • JoeSho

      You guys need to get a life and stop hating on this movie. Or even reading into this dumbass article so much. Any moron can see they did the movie this way to get ticket sells. Thats about it. Cause without all the hot women and sexism, this movie would flop. No one was rush to the movies to see “Pirates of Sillicone Valley” when it came out. Wait… was that even in theaters?

  • Scot B.

    Also, it’s the female lawyer who delivers the final zing to Zuckerberg in the end. She was definitely not a bimbo. It’s not enough to pass the Bechdel test but it’s enough to take the sting out of the misogyny.

  • Butters

    Its debut over the weekend is lower than expectation. Overhyped?

    • K

      It was a hit over the weekend. It made 3 million more then what they expected.

      • andrea

        No it made 3 million LESS than they expected…it was predicted to match the departed opening….nevertheless it was #1 and still considered to have done well.

  • Harrow

    Oh ok..facebook has a women problem..

    …do you guys get bored ever of being lame or you canthelp it? I

  • A+

    How would you have preferred this film depict the women in it? I mean, you chose, what will it be? You don’t think there’s accuracy in the characterization of men with money vs. women taking their clothes off?

    • +!

      ^^ True. The only people offended are post-feminists with NPD.

  • Fox5

    That is how women are acting in this generation, I think they are depicted accurately. It was very real, I used to have friends like each one of those females, and the shallowness and lack of self respect is rampant in todays society
    (PS. I am a woman)

    • Trock

      ^WIN!^ | |

    • caryn

      Completely agree. Lots of young women act like this. I wasn’t at all offended when I saw the movie and didn’t even think about it being sexist since it’s mostly non-fiction. Frequently when a movie is about women the male characters are stereotypes.

      • Bob

        Obviously the author of this “article” has issues with herself and being a woman in general. And to make her point she has to pick out what? The underaged stupid girls? I won’t even call them women. There were other women in the movie that had character. And guess what? They weren’t under 21! What about Erica Albright played by Rooney Mara who dumps Zuckerberg stating the reason of him being an “asshole”? Don’t mention that or Marylin Delpy played by Rashida Jones who is part of Mark’s legal team (she actually DID graduate from Harvard).

        The author definately has a chip on her shoulder. People should go see the movie and THEN decide if the depiction of women in this movie is “offensive”.

        Experience it and then make up your mind.

      • DT

        Yes, how many rom-coms or female-oriented films have men depicted as heels? You point out SOCIAL NETWORK, and I can point you to THELMA and LOUISE (though that was directed by a man).

      • Fernando

        there are movies about women?

      • Felicia

        @DT, based on earlier comments I have to say you don’t know what you are talking about. “Thelma and Louise” was ONE movie TWENTY years ago! Quick, name several that show men as card-board cutouts a$$holes vs. the number of movies that show the male point of view with women being merely bimbos. Can you do that?

      • sanscomic

        Does Lifetime count? (I’m bluffing)

    • mandy

      I’m offended; however, this is how most young “ladies” act these days and is, sadly, a very real picture of our times.

      • daisyj

        See, but this is kind of the problem. I absolutely disagree that “most” or even many young women act this way, but this kind of un-nuanced depiction is the sort of thing that helps people believe that they do. And, by extension, it keeps alive the sexist stereotype that all women, deep down, are just dumb whores trying to catch a rich guy. Should they have only included smart, discerning female characters in the movie? Probably not, if they didn’t fit the plot. But by only having shallow, dumb ones the filmmakers seem to be endorsing their characters’ worldview.

      • Meredith

        I’m with Daisy. Oral sex in a public bathroom stall??????? That is NOT the norm by any means.

      • JP

        most women are trying to catch a rich guy, and most men are trying to get rich so they can get a hot girl. just because you wish it wasnt true or you aren’t conscious of most of your sexual motivations doesn’t mean they aren’t there. and for the record, i have friends that have gotten laid in public bathrooms before.

    • El Zorro

      Regretfully true.

    • aboch

      Are you kidding? The women at Harvard are not like this! Maybe at your local party university, but not there. When the majority of your film takes place at Harvard and you have a hard time showing smart, capable women, then you definitely have a woman problem.

      • State School Kid

        Are you serious?! Have you ever been to a party at Harvard? Because the last time I went to visit a friend at Harvard we hung out with a bunch of rampantly drunk underage coeds wearing polos who were trashing a common room and singing the Alma Mater (actually happened). The one time I visited a friend at Dartmouth (for a charity benefit), it was at a frat house that literally had vomit all over the floor. I never saw anything like this at my state college. At my visits to friends at Ivys, I saw some of the worst party behavior ever- by some of the richest, most privileged people in the world-men and women. And for my limited experience, it was JUST like the movies.

      • JM

        I have to agree with state school kid. My best friend’s little brother went to Stanford for undergrad and Harvard for grad school (I know it makes me sick how smart the kid is), and every party I have been to at those schools was completely out of control. :state school kid nailed it” the smart school kids lack total self control and DO NOT know there limits when it comes to alcohol. Just to be clear, I don’t mean they throw up after three beers, I’m talking chugging entire bottles of Jack Daniels setting things on fire, jumping out of second story buildings, absolutely 0 social grace.

      • kv

        Sorry but I am female and know about Harvard and many do act that way you are full of it also why is that if someone disagrees with bad behavior of some women they are hit with they hate all women BS, but women rant and rave about men doing the same things they do and can not be called man haters? Please every female based movie like Sex in City is vile an anti gay men and treats males like second class citizens. It is a movie. Get over it. Stop forcing people to rewrite reality or stories to fit some idiot extreme female martyrdom.

      • Mana

        Aaand this is also why we still need feminism. Because someone points out a problematic depiction of women in a major film, people start yelling, “Oh but some girls are like that! And what else could they do? Stop looking for sexism!” Hint: the problem is not just this movie. It’s that there are too many movies like this, even smart movies like this, that still push women into the roles of bimbo and eye candy, while even the jerky men are nuanced and layered, with backstories and reasons. You wouldn’t see a serious film of this calibre where all the *male* characters are flat and stereotyped.

      • State School Kid

        My point was not to say that all women are like this, or that all Harvard women act like this. My point is that if they are showing scenes of parties at Harvard, the girls in the scenes will probably be partying-and just as hard if not harder than their ‘local party university’ counterparts. If there were shots of group library time or scenes that took place in the classroom, etc, then maybe we would have seen Harvard women conducting themselves in the way that I’m sure that most Harvard women do most of the time- with intelligence and poise. The original commenter stated that “The women at Harvard are not like this! Maybe at your local party university, but not there,” and I believe this to be untrue. I think that this article makes some excellent points, I think that feminism and conversations about it are incredibly important and as necessary as they’ve ever been. I simply took the original commenter’s stance to be classist and elitist- two things I won’t stand for in a conversation about feminism.

      • Fernando

        I’m with Mana.

    • LB

      I thought that was her point in the article. It’s sad that this is a depiction of real life. And she even says at the end of the article that we should foster a better generation of women in the future.

    • teekay

      Yeah, I’m a woman and I didn’t feel the film was “offensive”, rather that it reflects what is happening in society and, frankly, the current generation of youth is rampant with “party girls”. The Rooney Mara character was a great contrast to the nameless party girls and interestingly, the one woman Zuckerberg seemed to always dwell on, no matter the level of success he had achieved. Anyway, The Social Network is a really good movie and I’m enjoying the discussion it’s generating. :)

      • dhanna

        The writer is asking if we’re satisfied with our current generation of “party girls”. The most bothersome element is the omission of party boys in these posts. As if the girls are partying by themselves while the boys excel in their studies. AS a woman I would imagine you might want your daughters to have more self-esteem than what today’s society teaches them, no? I am sure the film is fine – but the point of this story is not the film but what the film shows about current youth culture. I think we should choose to care.

      • teekay

        Didn’t mean to convey the idea that I don’t “care” – of course I am all for girls having positive self esteem and role models. That being said, “teaching” our daughters and nurturing positive self esteem falls in the domain of parents. If I hold a movie, or society in general, responsible for dictating a woman’s choices, then I am basically saying a girl/woman is not capable of making informed choices. I don’t believe that. I very strongly feel everyone should make their choices, good or bad, and take responsibility for the consequences of them, and learn from their mistakes. To suggest anything else is condescending, in my opinion.

  • Harrow

    It’s fun to have power. Sexist? Facebook is only as sexist as women are. Why doesn’t the oldgenreation be quiet and leAve gen y alone. Ita not sexist as much as American pie or we love marry is sexist…power means sexual power. And usually that means males because wome get their peak at 35.. not sexist I don’t have a problem with women having equal wAge..girls are just silly sometimes..immature…so are guys. This movie isn’t any more sexist than high school just more degrading due to facebook..All you guys who are older are goingto die anyway, so why do yo care..u ain’t gonna ba around.. All of you pissed off at males becAuse you have absolutey no life will get all your shots as the workfoce for now turns more to women.. So you can laugh at your shauvenist dad andfriends without having to tell us what to do..do whatever you want, just die so I don’t f havetp pay taxes for your social security

    • jay

      LOL! I think you just proved the point of the article.

    • jay

      Thanks for the thoughtful article, BTW. Generations need to learn from previous generations, and hopefully do better. Sometimes I feel like we make 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.

    • Diane

      Holy crap! I think my eyes just bled trying to read that. Someone take the internet away from this idiot and stick it in school 24/7. I’m more and more amazed by the complete regression of learning the english language. Who passes these kids to the next grade?! This one should still be in kindergarten!

      • YL


      • mari

        Hey now, my son who is in kindergarten would take offense to that :P

      • dhanna

        Students in the U.S.A. are in the lower percentage worldwide. Our school systems have no money and all kids do all day is surf the web and watch media. It is pretty easy to trace to influence. This kid is a perfect example. This is the entitlement generation. It will be very interesting to see where they end up.

    • aboch

      This country and movie have a woman problem, and you sir have a MAJOR spelling problem.

    • Me


    • BlackIrish4094

      You do know that people of different ages are also entitled to their opinion, you generation Y @sshole?

    • dhanna

      Every empire falls – resulting in forced humility.

    • bootsycolumbia

      Harrow, “all you guys who are older are going to die anyway…” Uhhhh, aren’t we all going to die, sooner or later? Please go back to school and this time pay attention.

  • Harrow

    Old people are f stupid, have no common sense

    • Jan Smith

      Eat your vegetables, son–and have the car back by midnight.

    • +!

      ROFL. You will think that up until you bring your first child home from the Hospital. There’s a huge difference between people who have seen life and death up close and people who think they’re immortal.

      • BlackIrish4094

        So true, agree 100%, if anyone shows no common sense, I’d say the younger generation better look in their mirror although clearly there are exceptions.

    • LibD

      So, Harrow… what I hear you saying in your posts is…

      People try to put you down…
      Just because you get around.
      Things they do look awful cold,
      and you hope you die before you get old.


      Just please don’t try to teach your children to spell.

    • DivaSoulSista

      Older people can at least spell and have a decent use of grammar. And common sense has never been common, a fact that you just proved.

    • jodipo

      maybe you should look up “common sense” before trying to judge who has it

    • dhanna

      First you should explain what common sense is, then you should take a human biology course. As if you wont age… “old” people probably seem boring to you – we’ve been there ourselves. You haven’t invented anything new here kid. Good for laughs though!

  • Joe

    I think it’s an ignorant article. Of course women are going to be depicted as sluts, groupies, and bimbos but that’s because those are the type of women these men attracted. It’s not like these narcisstic, sexist men would have wholesome, worthwile women in their lives. Don’t blame the film.

    • Elizabeth

      I’d like to add to Joe’s comment that these guys already seemed insecure – do you think they’d have a woman in their lives that could *gasp!* challenge them mentally?

      Its all about power, its not about meaningful relationships. And you’re going to eliminate any threat to that – especially if its “a girl”!

      • +!

        …but Joe didn’t say that. He’s right: unattractive neurotics will attract only women who think that’s what they deserve. It is sad that man-bashing is so popular now. Since women have been on the planet in at least equal numbers for the same amount of time, what happened?

      • Elizabeth

        +!: I know, but the point I was making kind of went along with it.

        It’s early, and you’re only comfortable leaving two points of punctuation for a name, so I won’t get too bent. I wasn’t bashing men, I was just pointing out that this is the way the world works when you’re in your 20s (and apparently 30s, 40s…)

      • Mark

        And you are one of those women that could “challenge” them? I doubt it based on the comment. I have spent a 25 year career in heavy application development. I have met maybe 5 women that would “challenge” me, but I have encountered hundreds of men I would bow down to in a minute. I promise you in the early days of Facebook there were no women involved in any serious capacity. And, yes Virginia, women will and do act in the manners depicted in this movie whether you want to decry its depiction or not. You can cry all you want about mean old wicked rapist misogynists falsely depicting women in sexual stereotypes and continue to try and control thought and speech as it pertains to women, but sooner or later people will realize that in the end, the big thought, the killer app, the game changer, came from someone that stands up when they go the bathroom. I am sick of backing up and letting this sort of junk go unchallenged. When women start going to engineering school and doing the work to train their minds required in the form for heavy math and logical analysis, when they stop being parasites that feed off of the work of someone that did, then come back and complain. These developers were geeks and typically scorned and shunned by most women. When they get some power, why wouldn’t they want what was denied of them before. For every guy that buys a women, there are many more women that are putting themselves up for sale. You can shove this general theory that men can’t handle being with a strong woman where the sun doesn’t shine. That “strong” women is typically abusing her power and the men get sick of it. For every woman that earns X dollars, she feels she is entitled to a man that earns X+.35X or more. If he makes less than X+.35X, she will walk on him (in both manners of the cliche). We all dream of someone who could challenge us mentally, we just never find it.

      • Kiki

        And Mark, let me guess, you’re not with a woman. Too busy bowing over for those superios men, I guess.

      • Sandra

        Poor, lonely Mark has nothing better to do but write a very anti-women rant on an entertainment site.

      • Felicia

        Wow, Mark, do you get out of your parent’s basement often?

      • sanscomic

        Because nothing is more degrading than implying someone is gay, or lives alone, and theres nothing moronic about parroting the parents basement defense when its pretty clear the author has worked as a software developer for 5 years. You’re terrible rhetoric makes a better argument for sexism than Marks.

    • Marie

      I agree. It’s sad, but these types of girls exist, and for some reason, men with power and money prefer these types of girls. They have each other to carry on a conversation with, the girls mean nothing and are nothing more than toys to use and discard.

      • Fernando

        well, gee, they MUST exist, because they show up in movie after movie, tv show after tv show. (This is sarcasm.)

      • Felicia

        I don’t the the author of the blog is trying to suggest that all women are strong, intelligent, admirable types–only that a movie that is so critically acclaimed should show at least a few women who aren’t bimbo card-board cutouts. Even the “bimbos” probably have more to them than that just like the protagonists are more than their weasely qualities.

    • debi

      agreed- it’s not the films problem it’s the lifestyle these boys lead…and probably still do!

    • LB

      I didn’t think she was blaming the film. That was exactly her point: that this was the viewpoint of women from these men. It’s sad that that is indeed the case. Although she wonders if there possibly could have been a better, more well rounded female role, the whole article doesn’t blame the movie at all. It says at the end how we should foster more women to be movers and shakers in this type of field.

      • DT

        The name of the article was “THE SOCIAL NETWORK Has a Woman Problem.” She’s not blaming society. She’s pointing out the film. She’s also conveniently overlooking Rashida Jones’s character b/c that would ruin her thesis that this movie is anti-woman through and through. Very selective there, eh?

    • ROBOT

      It is funny how Hollywood has manipulated you. This is a story told to you for the sake of entertaining you. The depiction of women is the way it is to make you sit there and watch it through all the nerd talk. Reality is NOT what you are watching. I am sorry that you feel women are that way. You really need to meet more of them.

    • santana

      I agree. The way the characters act, it makes sense. It is not sexist. These dudes treat these woman like crap. They’re kind of douchebags. Why would a “spunky nerd chick” want to be with that?

      • santana

        ahem “spunk-girl nerd”. sorry.

  • G-Man

    Is the author of this piece of nonsense actually serious? If she, and others, feel that females were depicted as vacuous sex objects, but acknowledges that the depictions seem to be based in reality, then why doesn’t she take the young women who, in the real story upon which this movie is based, to task for their bimbo-like behavior? Unbelievable.

    • +!

      …because that’s not nearly as much fun as a $ensationalist headline which gets hits and makes it to Google News! Follow the money: this author gets paid to get up in the face of men. If I ever have the time, I’ll start a BLOG composed of copy/search/replace of articles like this to show how ridiculous it all is (e.g. flip the genders, see how many women just go crazy)

    • ROBOT

      Do you know any of the women in Zuckerbergs life?

      • anna

        His fiancee is going to Medical School at UCSF. Not a Bimbo.

      • ROBOT

        Exactly my point. Thank you.

    • anonymous

      Riiiight. Because judging people for their behavior is SO much better than making a critical analysis of pop culture that both direct and indirect ways, perpetuates a stereotype. Rewrite the article, Jennifer, I think replacing it with “LOL women” would satisfy all the naysayers.

  • Bill

    Will somebody explain to me what so dumb about getting paid to get laid? I don’t know any guy who wouldn’t pad his resume for that cushy position. The myth goes on: Prostitution is men taking advantage of women… NOT!

  • fred pollack

    “The Social Network is a terrific film – engrossing, well-acted and fast-paced. Ms. Armstrong’s criticism is ludicrous. Does she want every film, even a quasi-documentary such as “The Social Network” to have a diversity officer to ensure that every protected group has a positive role model? By the way, Ms. Armstrong, there weren’t too many blacks, native Americans, or disabled individuals in the film. Also, old white men weren’t portrayed very favorably. Big deal.

  • Nathan Perry

    One way to solve that problem would for it not to be fiction. You maintain that it is non-fiction and would be deplorable if it were it were fiction. But it is fiction. Zuckerberg has been dating the same woman, Priscilla Chan, for 7 years now. Since before Facebook was founded. She currently attends University of California as a medical student and is studying to a pediatrician. She seems to be the complete opposite of the women you say are depicted in the film….

    • S.

      7 years with no ring? Their relationship is doomed.

      • Val

        Are you kidding me? Many women don’t require marriage to make themselves worthwhile humans. What a lame 50’s mentality.

      • BlackIrish4094

        @S., I agree with you. @ Val, you are so naive. Yeah, marriage and commitment is so old news, idiot.

      • Katyo

        @S and BlackIrish, not everyone needs marriage to feel committed. My husband and I were together for 7 years before we even thought about getting married. Neither of us felt it was necessary. To be honest, we did it more for the security as we get older than for validation. We don’t need the government’s consent to love each other, nor do we need the “blessings” of everyone we know. Val is totally right on this one.

      • sanscomic

        Katyo is right about Val being right.

    • LB

      Really? Wow. I hope Jennifer reads this comment!

  • Bill

    Nathan, You nailed him! but your take isn’t as interesting or titillating. Got to keep the readers happy.

    • Brian

      Really? Nathan is pointing out that the filmmakers made the deliberate choice to remove Chan from the story. Why did they do that? You’re right, it “isn’t as interesting or titillating.” Instead, you’ve got to keep the VIEWERS happy. Nathan’s point condemns Sorkin, et al., not Jennifer Armstrong.

      • wino

        one article claims she was part of his inner circle that move to california at the start of facebook to help launch it off the ground. they met in 04, have been dating since 05. thus if she has played such a prominent role in his life, why isnt she in the movie?

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