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Hollywood's (in)capacity for nuanced female empowerment

by Critical Commons Manager

Compare this sequence of "female empowerment" from Eve of Destruction with the trucker humiliation scene in Thelma and Louise, which was released the same year. Extreme male, sexist stereotypes are used in both films to justify women's use of force and violence in response to male sexual aggression. What kind of viewing pleasure is offered and who is it intended for? Do such scenes serve as examples of progressive, feminist politics in cinema? If so, how effective are they? What alternatives are possible?

A beautiful but deadly fembot takes revenge in Eve of Destruction

Released the same year as Thelma and Louise, this payback sequence begs questions about female empowerment in cinema

from Eve of Destruction (1991)
Creator: Duncan Gibbins
Posted by Critical Commons Manager