“That was my point. Not all movies with chicks in them are chick flicks.”
I agree with you. To be honest, I never gave much thought to that stuff before reading your thoughts. Probably because I’m a white man so I identify with movies with male and/or white people. I’ve never thought of it as being racist or sexist. Birds of a feather flock together. I have no aversion to non-white/non-male leads/stories. I’m just inclined to be less likely to notice.
Something I have noticed along the same lines, because it’s personal, is Asians in movies and TV (I think, I don’t watch much TV any more). Asian men will be kung-fu ass kickers. I don’t recall seeing one as a romantic lead in a movie for Western audiences. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” perhaps. Asian women will most likely be young and sexually attractive. They might also be kung-fu ass kickers. Hell, David Carradine played Kwi Chang Kane and Yule Brenner played the King of Siam. Tashiro Mifune made it into “The Magnificent Seven”, as a badassed Japanese swordsman. I guess they couldn’t find a white swordsman.
Asians seem to be about where black people were in the blacksploytation movie days. Things are certainly getting better for the black people in media situation although I am likely to be challenged on that if many black people read this.
Mexicans have the same issue, especially the hot woman thing. This does point to women being sexual decorations so yeah, I feel you on the subject. Things are changing, too slowly for you, but they are changing. It’s easier for me, a white guy, to have an it is what it is attitude. I get that. I’m not trying to detract from your point, I’m just noticing that people notice what’s personal. Mabey that’s the thing.