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Washington D.C. Madam May 4, 2007

Posted by Melissa in bad girls go..., careerwomen, controversy, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, gender, general considerations, in the news, new york times, news stories, politics, sex sells, sex trade, sexuality.
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I just read this article in the New York Times about Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a “suspected madam” running her business in Washington D.C. I’m not sure how I feel about this just yet, but I thought it was something important we should open up to discussion. More thoughts on this to come later…

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the oppressed working-class woman March 12, 2007

Posted by sindhub in bad girls go..., class, race, stereotypes, the color purple, Thelma and Louise, theory, Working Girl.
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So I noticed that most of the movies we’ve been looking at have dealt with the problem of the oppressed working-class woman, e.g. The Color Purple, Working Girl, and now Thelma and Louise.  Actually, let me rephrase that–it’s more that the men they’re oppressed by are working-class.  From Mick in Working Girl to Mister in The Color Purple to the truck driver (can’t get a more blue collar occupation than that), the men from the ‘masses’ are almost unanimously brutish, abusive, piggish, boorish, and explicitly sexist.

 This got me thinking of the Walkerdine article, “Subject to Change without Notice: Psychology, Postmodernity, and the Popular.”  She spends a lot of time talking about how ideology about the masses/the working classes has always thought of them as of inferior intelligence, of a more primitive mindset, and how they can only be transformed by ‘upright’ middle class values (Protestantism, hard work, gumption, etc.).  So the portrayal of the men of different classes in these movies is truly disturbing to me for this reason.  It seems a little bit too easy (more…)

The beds in Bad Girls Go to Hell February 21, 2007

Posted by andyw in bad girls go....
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The movie can be read as Meg moving from bed to bed. Starting at home, Meg appears truly relaxed and happy (the only time in the whole movie) as she tries to seduce her husband to stay at home in bed with her. Later, she walks outside in an outfit that induces the janitor to attempt to rape her. In other words, her unhappiness begins when she walks out of the home. (more…)

shoes and hair February 20, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in bad girls go..., magazines/photography.
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In the film, I think the shoe shoe fetish represents the path to greater female agency–that the path can be walked in heels. Although the audience sees the shoes almost every time she has some sort of sexual endeavor (whether by choice or by force), I still believe that the using the high heel shows that despite socially constructed norms, women (and our protagonist) can fight for female agency. While I was thinking about the multiple times the audience saw the shoes in the film, I remembered that Britney Spears had recently shaved her head–I wanted to see what the public was saying about it. I found one article in particular that fascinated me–it basically said that Britney’s head shaving directly correlated to her taking control of her life. The article said that shaving her head was an empowering act done in a moment of clarity regardless of her mental state.  I copied the link below.

(click here for the link)

ending of the film February 20, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in bad girls go....
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The dream sequence at the end of the film is fascinating to me. Are we supposed to view the ending as a way for the protagonist to be held morally unaccountable for her actions, thus leaving her as a powerless female who has no agency in her destiny, or view the dream sequence as representational of the female struggle at large? By having the film end in a dream, it seems as though a women’s struggle has been reduced to the fantasy world–everything that the protagonist has struggled though fades into the subconscious. However, I feel as though her nightmare represents a social construct in which all women are forced to remain. The subconscious in this theory would mean that women’s struggle has been pushed out of the reality/mainstream because it is a threat to the male-dominated reality. The  deja vu following the dream would mean that women struggle to have their own agency in various manners, yet they wake up from their struggle and must repeat their steps continually in order to progress.  Nonetheless, I think that the deja vu is more for the audience than for the film itself, because it is so forcefully exaggerated. This immense exaggeration occurs so that the audience can notice the ridiculous repetition that women participate in hopes to achieve greater agency.

Why is it called Bad Girls Go To Hell? February 19, 2007

Posted by rachaelg in bad girls go..., rape.
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I was stumped by the title.  The main character, Meg, is dependent and child-like; she whines for her husband to stay home, needs to be carried back to bed, and he has to coax her into smiling.  She is naturally seductive, but I never saw her being “bad.”  I kept expecting her to become a prostitute or something (more…)