23 October 2012
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Women in American Society
In this capitalist country inherited wealth is frowned upon, especially with so many on the low end of the money spectrum. It is seen as having no real worth. Those people are assumed to have no work ethic and no concern for the rest of the world because, why would they. They are handed everything they need to survive from the moment they are born. With this negative attitude toward the wealthy it seems to me that we perpetuate this idea. We make the gap between us bigger by immediately judging harshly on those that were born into their fortunate situation. Our society says you can forget about ever getting respect as a “spoiled” girl. Women in general among all classes in the US have been fighting for equal rights and respect in the work place for decades. We basically discourage the women and the born-wealthy to continue life with no expectations of themselves other than maintaining status. That isn’t enough for Elle Woods or Cher Horowitz from the movies Legally Blonde and Clueless. Both of these women are determined to get the notoriety they deserve. They fight against all the stereotypes to get where they want to be.
The movie Clueless is centered around a west coast senior in high school who appears to be the it-girl. She is always up to date with the latest fashions and always in the mall with her father’s credit card. From the outside Cher seems to be a very shallow, spoiled character. She shows that she thinks highly of herself when she mentions that she doesn’t date high school boys because they are not mature enough for her. It is only through her first person narration that we can find that her heart is really in the right place though a little misguided. The main character, Cher, only really gets her push to contribute somehow with no gain to herself when her stepbrother, Josh, comes into town. In an exchange about Josh’s “tree group” he...
Cited: Clueless. Dir. Amy Heckerling. Perf. Allicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy. Paramount
Pictures. 1995. DVD.
Legally Blonde. Dir. Robert Luketic. Perf. Reese Wither spoon. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
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