Devil Wears Prada Feminism

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In our third week of exploring the dimensions of cool, I have learned that perspective is key. In order to unravel the true meaning behind cool, one has to be able to see things in a whole new light. This week we saw how cool can be portrayed from being unconventional, manipulative, devious, emotional, unaware, and last but definitely not least egalitarian. In the movie Devil Wears Prada, Ann Hathaway’s character, Andy, was displayed as an unconventional character in the setting she was put in. She was like a thrift shop handbag put in the middle of Versace exclusive handbags. “The public loves him for his drastic uncoolness, because it never occurred to this lovable loser that he wasn’t talented or beautiful enough to play with his genetic …show more content…
Fortunately, there are liberating women that challenge this theory that is stuck in the society’s mind. Diana from the movie Wonder Woman was definitely one of them. “While many refer to them as “bad girls,” “radicals” better describes their credo. These women aren’t waiting around to be saved by any dim-witted prince” (Taylor, 199). She might have been seen as a “bad girl” in the eyes of the society because she was simply different than what we are used to. She was a real heroine to all woman watching the film as she told Etta that she doesn’t need any man to do her things for her and that she should be independent from the idea that has been perpetuated upon females in our culture. Another heroine from the clips we watched was Barbra Novak, character played by Renée Zellweger, in the movie Down with Love. She wrote a book that had guidelines for how a woman can be independent from men and can become “radicals” that don’t make men the center of their lives. She was seen as a “bad girl” in the eyes of a society because she was changing how women were perceived in that …show more content…
This was discussed in the movie Down with Love as Barbra was pitching her story to the publishing company. C.W mentioned that women were more emotional towards their feelings than men. This correlates with what Milner stated in his book, Freaks, Geeks and Cool Kids. “Adolescent women usually show usually show more concern about expressive relationships than men” (Milner, 64). But in the movie Thank You for Smoking, they reversed the roles. Heather Holloway, played as a writer, used sex to get information out of Nick Naylor who was a lobbyist for a tobacco company. “Intimacy is even more strongly implied when only a few privy to the information; that is, when there are secrets” (Milner, 70). Nick thought what he had shared with her while he was under the sheets wouldn’t be considered as “on the record”, but Heather used this opportunity to exploit his vulnerability and use it for her own

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