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Payback in Thelma and Louise

by Critical Commons Manager

Compare this sequence of "female empowerment" from Thelma and Louise with the attempted rape scene from Eve of Destruction, 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?

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

from Thelma and Louise (1991)
Creator: Ridley Scott
Posted by Critical Commons Manager