My wife brought up a point that I hadn't really considered that I would be curious to hear thoughts about. She framed Spielberg's legacy, at least in part, as making modern filmmaking "for and about boys." Thinking about the history of filmmaking in the 1970s and 1980s, I can kind of see that - there has been a real move towards appealing to "thirteen year old boys" post Star Wars and Raiders, and especially in the modern blockbuster era, and women's stories and women's filmmakers have become increasingly marginalized as a result. You could argue that it's not Spielberg's fault entirely for what the industry did in response to him - but it's also worth looking at his influence and what he's used that power for.
In thinking about this more, I realize that THE BFG was maybe the first time in decades that Spielberg had a female main character that he directed. I think you can also count THE POST. As a producer, he was slightly better - THE 100 FOOT JOURNEY in 2014 - but he's never produced a film directed by a woman, or even executive produced one.
Now, that's not to discount his long history of working with women writers and producers and collaborators - but I just thought it was a point that might be worth discussing.
It is an interesting point, agreed. However, I don't think that you can lay the blame of making movies only for thirteen year old boys at Spielberg's feet at all. Jaws is arguable, but Close Encounters, Color Purple (which he was still wrong for), Empire of the Sun, Amistad, Munich, Lincoln... I'd argue that these are all aggressively anti-immature boy films. So, Raiders, Jurassic Park aside, I don't think he was actively courting that demographic. And even with those, I'd argue that he was making those films for the Peter Pannish, boy-trapped-in-man's-body demographic that he so often identified with.
Regarding making films that focus on the male point of view, again, I agree with this, but he did try. Though that attempt was Color Purple. Disappointing that he never went out of his way to produce something directed by a woman, but I wouldn't give him much grief over consistently shooting from a male perspective, as that's his perspective. Its the same reason that so much of his work includes a lost father figure or broken family, that's his perspective. I also don't think its a "for and about boys" thing - as box office receipts show, Spielberg makes movies that appeal to everyone. E.T. isn't just for boys because it features male leads.