Vagabond vs. Easy Rider
"Vagabond is a compelling and disturbing portrait of a young single woman, Mona Bergeron, living on the road, drifting with no place to call home, nor any desire to claim one." For some reason, life on the road doesn't seem to have the same sense of adventure for a woman, as for men. In Easy Rider despite the fact that they were just drifting, they still had a destination in mind. They also still managed to find all sorts of adventures to go on, and interesting people to meet. Mona can't really say the same... in Easy Rider people looked at the men as though they were wild, but the women loved it. Mona on the other hand, was looked at as a slut, people felt bad for her- even though she was doing it by choice. People viewed the men vs mona different simply because she is a woman. It seems to me that in Easy Rider they went looking for America in a sense, the kind of America free from civil society- they were looking for freedom in America. Mona wasn't looking for anything exactly, she simply tuned in, and dropped out of conventional society. And she really wasn't very motivated to find work or do anything to better her situation. Being a woman on the road, I can imagine, is much scarier than being a man.