'The Headless Women of Hollywood' Reveals a Ridiculous Hollywood Trend | 22 Words

One would like to think we've come a long way in terms of treating women with respect and gender equality, but then things like The Headless Women of Hollywood pops up on the radar and reminds us that we still have a long, long way to go — at least in Hollywood.

Started by comedian Marcia Belsky, the Tumblr account highlights movie posters that all share a disturbing design feature: The women in them are faceless or headless.

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The posters highlighted by Belsky don't all follow any particular rules of genre or even core audience.

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But they do all have one thing in common — no heads or faces on the women.

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Belsky said she was inspired to create the blog after a professor showed her "decades of images from advertising and television where women's bodies are fragmented into consumable and sexualized parts."

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"The consistent fragmentation of women’s bodies, with particular focus on the boobs, butt and lips, separates the sexualized female body parts from her wholeness," she writes on her page.

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"As fragmented parts, the viewer does not have to morally reconcile the woman who is being objectified with her complete humanness," she continued.

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Of course, marketers aren't stupid.

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Remember, sex sells.

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"Ultimately, they do it because the numbers prove that this type of marketing works, and still works, very well," she said. "Objectification of women sells, and as long as it sells, they will keep selling it."

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The point of this project for her is that she wants men and women to be more aware of “the normalness of decapitating women."

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"But I wanted to do it in a way that would make us laugh as we sobbed at the sheer tragedy of it all," she said.

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“Further, facial features are the way we recognize other people," she said.

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“It’s the face that makes us individuals," she continued. "That too is taken away, and we are taught that all women, especially ones that match the ideal, are the same and interchangeable."

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As for the feedback, she said it's been overwhelmingly positive, with women reaching out to say "thank you!" or "how did I never notice this?!"

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As for the men, they've been supportively showing their shock and saying things like "Wow, incredibly eye opening" or "I guess I don't consume as critically as I thought!"

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She wants girls everywhere "to look at themselves and decide their own value first before they consider their value to men. I want to make women laugh and talk about how these images affect us, and for men to laugh and to believe us when we say we are still often viewed as pieces of meat." To follow more of the project, head on over to her website.