“The Headless Women Of Hollywood” Is A Brilliant Feminist Tumblr That You Should Be Following

Comedian and feminist warrior Marcia Belsky has created a Tumblr page that will simultaneously make you laugh and make you very angry. None of us are blind to the still ever-present sexism depicted in film and television, but here Belsky gives us a direct visual. In fact, she gives us many, many visuals.

“The Headless Women Of Hollywood” is a collection of posters for movies and TV shows that merely feature parts of women. No face is shown. It’s merely a butt, a back, a pair of legs, etc. Oof, there are so many butts. Here are a few examples:

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CREDIT: Headless Women of Hollywood / Tumblr
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CREDIT: Headless Women in Hollywood / Tumblr

You might be thinking that these are all some dumb C-list movies that only Reddit comment-ers will go see and enjoy anyway. Sure, there are some of those, but this list includes one of my favorite flicks, the critically acclaimed classic, American Beauty. 

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CREDIT: Headless Women of Hollywood / Tumblr
Belsky is urging us all to do just what the American Beauty poster suggests we do. “Look closer.” This movie has ANNETTE FUCKING BENING in it. How could we all let this happen?! Even movies that pass the Bechdel test, like The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants are featured. Hell, even a Minions movie is featured!
The Tumblr reveals that blatant objectification of women is generally accepted as the norm for advertising on big budget films. In the ‘About’ section of the website, Belsky elaborates on her mission:

“The Headless Women project seeks to bring attention to the still standard practice of fragmenting, fetishizing and dehumanizing the images of women we see in film, TV, book covers, and advertisement.By decapitating the woman, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze. The question of her consent is removed completely alongside her head, and her purpose becomes solely that of being looked at by men obediently. Her value is that only of her sexual appeal to men, and not of her personhood.”

Preach Queen, preach! It’s a bit of a trend for comedians to use visual platforms like Tumblr and Instagram as a means to promote and express themselves. Comedian Maria Wojciechowski has a Tumblr titled I Look Like Laura Dern where she posts back-to-back shots of her imitating her celebrity lookalike Laura Dern. Both Maria and Laura have heads in all the photos featured.

If you spot a headless woman in an advertisement yourself, you’re encouraged to submit the image to the project. I will for sure be keeping an eye out.