Renowned film critic Janet Maslin says sexism is holding men back from appreciating the 2019 film adaptation of Little Women, which just debuted in theaters. Little Women is based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and follows the four March sisters as they come of age in a sexist 19th-century society.
“The Little Women problem with men is very real. I don’t say that lightly and am very alarmed,” Maslin, a former film critic for The New York Times, tweeted. “In the past day have been told by 3 male friends who usually trust me that they either refuse to see it or probably won’t have time. Despite my saying it’s tied for #1 of 2019.”
Men simply aren’t willing to watch a film centered around four women and the issues that affect them, Maslin contends.
Kevin Fallon, a writer for The Daily Beast, agreed with Maslin that men might be reluctant to see the film, but said that “men will love Little Women too. I can’t believe I have to say that.”
“There is a strong suspicion that men have not been deigning to see the film because, based on the legacy of its source material and the female-forward cast and creative team, it wouldn’t be of interest to them—-or, more crassly, deserving of their dutiful consideration,” Fallon wrote. “But it is absolutely insane to think that Gerwig’s Little Women is ‘for women’…Or that a movie this masterfully shot, constructed, and beautifully acted wouldn’t rocket to the top of any awards voter’s must-see list.”
The film, directed by Greta Gerwig, features Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson.