After comics writer Gail Simone coined the phrase back in 1999, “women in refrigerators” has become shorthand for female characters forced to suffer through rape, torture, and even murder just to give their male counterparts convincing motivation and/or emotional depth. (Because, y’know, “justice” means nothing until your girlfriend gets raped.) Sadly, widespread awareness of the phenomenon hasn’t done much to curtail its use, partially because it’s an easy out for writers and partially because “raising awareness” means nothing on its own. And the phenomenon isn’t just limited to comic books or even comic book movies, as demonstrated in Loose Meat’s “Women In Refrigerators” supercut. If the musical choice didn’t make it immediately, abundantly clear, there’s more than a little sarcasm in their take on the phenomenon, but now we can all say that we are very, very aware of it.
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