Thelma and Louise!
Oh feminism. So does this movie about two women escaping from their overwhelming male counterparts represent how a girl should live or does it represent the exact opposite? Questions, questions I say. First we need a definition of feminism. For me personally, I believe that if someone is a feminist, they believe women are being oppressed by males and are being treated and looked upon unfairly. They believe being a woman is the best thing in the world and that they (we) should have as many rights as men and that they (we) can do anything a man can do. Except shoot shotguns. Women aren't the best at that most of the time. Anyways, considering this, what type of film is Thelma and Louise? I think it has very little to do with feminism. They never feel or show that they feel men are superior to them, except at the beginning when Thelma's in the kitchen, and they never seem to let guys walk over them. This film I think is more about two ladies going out into the world and realizing what it's really about. The fact that they go to bars, shoot people, rob stores, and drive off a cliff shows they are fearless and ready for the world. If this was a feminist film, they would be fighting against the men and talking about how held down they feel. This was an uplifting movie for anyone, male or female, because the message (for me at least) was do what you want with your life. It's yours. Be yourself, do what you want, and be smart about every decision you make. I do think, though, that this is a great film to put in a class like this because it sends out such a great message that can relate to feminists. I loved every move they made as they were smarter than hell and I wish I had the guts to do the same thing. They finally lived their lives and explored the world and found out who they really were (apparently Thelma's a natural robber:) ) and I give them mad props for that.