Betrayal to Feminism
Throughout history, women have not been viewed to be men's equals. Feminism has this oppresive history in mind as it attempts to bridge the gap that has been created between men and women. Not only is it trying to help men realize that women are their equals, but is also helping women to believe that they should be treated as such. It is also a way to help women be free of the idea that they have to be dependent on men. For the most part, Thelma & Louise tries to portray this concept, but it could be argued that feminism is betrayed at certain points in the film.
One point in particular where I saw feminism being betrayed was Louise's reliance on her boyfriend Jimmy. Whereas Thelma took matters into her own hands to obtain money for them, Louise called Jimmy in desperate need of money. Her whole plan of escape revolves around him sending the money to her. By turning to him, she is making herself helpless and her entire future depends on this man. On top of that, he does not even listen to her when she tells him not to come meet her. He clearly thinks he knows best, and perhaps does not think of her as his equal. It is because Louise looked to a man in her moment of vulnerability that makes this movie a slight betrayal to feminism.