Girls and their Guns
This paper looks at phallic violence and female autonomy in the film "Thelma and Louise".
# 112504 | 1,900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 |
Published on Feb 25, 2009 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender) , Sociology (General)
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In this article, the writer discusses that the protagonists of the film "Thelma and Louise" illustrate a paradox. The writer points out that on one hand, the relatively disempowered women in the introduction of the film find a sense of autonomy and friendship in their quest to avoid the law over the course of the film and that this suggests that "Thelma and Louise" can be classified as a feminist film. The writer then points out that, in contrast, the protagonists also assume a traditional male role and their quest is death-driven rather than life-driven. This suggests that "Thelma and Louise" uses the road picture conventions to invert, but not really question, the American belief in phallic, violent power and gender norms. The writer concludes that although the atmosphere and emotional tone of the film is feminist, the structure of the film is really more of a recapitulation, a pastiche, and homage to earlier films than a truly innovative statement about violence and gender relations.
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Thelma and Louise." Directed by Ridley Scott. 1991.
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