I admit, I have found much female pain art somewhat lacking. Often, it expresses a refined and dignified kind of suffering, restrained enough to be acceptable.
The Crying Hysterical Screaming Female
Victoria's Secret tm
1943

This makes sense and, interestingly, I didn’t catch this in “Mother.” One thing I noticed in that movie, and the reactions, is that many male critics criticized Lawrence’s performance as “not able to carry the weight,” or something. It’s an extremely dumb criticism, because they don’t realize that’s actually how the character is written. She’s an empty vessel who is only alive when she’s suffering, either because she’s being brutalized, or desperately trying to take care of someone. That’s why her performance looks “weak,” because it’s written by a man who conceives of women as reactive, empty vessels.

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