Female-Dominated Societies on Film


The year 2016 will be remembered in part as the year we coined the term “Ghostbros” — a name for the intense backlash that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot has faced since news first surfaced about Paul Feig’s film. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones take over for Bill Murray and the gang as four women who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. The film, which opened this weekend, is the biggest live-action comedy debut since Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and has earned $46 million so far. If anti-Ghostbusters audiences are bothered by a nostalgia-heavy film featuring four female leads, what would they make of movies where women really reign supreme?

Cat-Women of the Moon

A 2-million-year-old civilization of cat ladies in tights on the man-less moon have telepathic powers and chill with giant spiders in caves.

Fire Maidens of Outer Space

A Jupiter moon is populated by beautiful women who hold Earthmen captive to use as mates — unless the horrendously conceived monster in the movie destroys them all.


The Bene Gesserit sisterhood in David Lynch’s disastrous Dune have crazy mind powers and the ability to alter the evolution of all humanity.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

Pretty Woman screenwriter J. F. Lawton cast Shannon Tweed and Bill Maher in a low-budget satire about feminism, masculinity, and tribes of cannibalistic women who enjoy eating men with guacamole and clam dip.

Devil Girl from Mars

A female alien commander/space dominatrix is sent from Mars to acquire human men to repopulate her dying planet, which is on the brink of extinction.

The Wicker Man

Neil LaBute’s atrocious Wicker Man remake is set on a remote island populated only by women, who just happen to belong to a neo-pagan cult that wants to sacrifice a certain male visitor by burning him alive.

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

Vaudeville-era duo Abbott and Costello have a series of misadventures on the planet Venus where they encounter a race of beautiful women who have banished all men from the land.

Queen of Outer Space

Queen Yllana and her all-girl gang on the planet Venus have been spying on Earth’s population for many years. They allow a few men on their planet — but only as test subjects and prisoners. But Yllana is a bit of a tyrant, and her days as commander are numbered.