Since this is LiveJournal, some of you might not know that I’m female. I also love the movie Fight Club. Love it a lot, actually. It’s on a short list of my favorites from the 1990s. I think of it as a generation-defining film, and it seems to me that most of my cohort likes it too.
So, I bristle a bit when a reviewer on the AV Club suggests that “Women may respond to it, too, much as an anthropologist might study a foreign species, but its raw appeal is strictly for the XY set”
The article is followed by a long comment thread where people argue about whether that’s a fair statement. There is no doubt that Fight Club addresses modern angst through a male point of view, but how significant is that?
It seems to me that reducing it to a “dude flick” is missing the point — missing how fighting serves as a metaphor, for example. Or missing that most of the violence in the movie is actually violence against self, which is something that women completely understand.
If you’re interested in the topic, please weigh in. Do you think there’s a special dimension to Fight Club that women just can’t get? Why or why not?