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What film isn't feminist?

From this class, I sometimes look at films differently. Last night I took a break from my studying and paper writing and went and saw The Holiday. In some scenes, I found myself thinking about the characters more critically then I would have before. The stereotypes portrayed in the film, like the fact that one of the main female characters can't cry is a shock to everyone. But, the same character is also given power as an advertising company's owner. Since this semester has gone by, from all we have studied and gone over, I have come to feel that pretty much any movie with female characters can be looked at as feminist. The definitions of 'feminist' and 'feminism' are so open and still uncertain makes this look at media logical.

Depending on how you watch a film, you could analyze the lead women as either the dominating heroin, the mother figure, the stereotypical female and so on. The possibilities are almost endless and it's almost as if there is an ounce of stereotyping it can be considered feminist. Because of my broad outlook on this, I think a movie can be considered a feminist film, whether it's slightly feminist or extremely feminist, without the director calling themself a feminist or their film.

Reading through other classmates views on feminist media and looking at their film selections supports my general look at it. Because feminism does not have one strict definition, it is hard to pinpoint what exactly a feminist film is. For example, talking with classmates and even friends outside of class I have heard feminism be defined in multiple ways. Some people feel a feminist is 'anyone that thinks women exist' or 'someone who thinks women deserve rights.' Another way to define feminism is by saying they are 'anyone that promotes the good for women and feels women should be considered near equals to men.' The definiitions I have heard have some similiarities but the differences they have make it clear that the definition is still in question. Until a straight definition is created, it is impossible, in my opinion, to put limitations on what is and is not feminist media.

Comments

feminism:

1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

I don't agree that the definition of the word "feminism" is open and uncertain. It's an objectively-defined concept , endorsing a world of rights equal to men. There is no behavior that any individual woman (or character) is obligated to follow. A society with equal rights for women is a feminist society.

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