A movie that I absolutely love to pieces is Legally Blonde. It has it all: dogs, killer outfits and a strong female lead that proves to those who doubted her that she’s capable. A lot of the time movies seem to feel as if they can only portray women in certain ways and women are often half-baked two dimensional characters. A lot of writers seem to fall into the trope that if a women is going to be powerful and successful, she can’t be feminine or if a woman takes pride in herself and her appearance, she’s not intelligent.
What I love about Legally Blonde is that it doesn’t shy away from the girly. Elle Woods gets her nails done, reads Cosmopolitan and loves the colour pink but she also stands up for herself, her friends and takes her education seriously. She’s mocked for her femininity by others who see it as a weakness but she celebrates it and kicks butt while doing so.
When I was a kid I wanted to be considered a tomboy. I hated the colour pink and thought that being girly wasn’t ‘cool’, so tried to distance myself from stereotypically girly things whenever I could. It has taken me a long time to realise that I had deep rooted internalised misogyny that was linking things that are normally associated with girls as weak.
This movie is about one incredibly intelligent young woman coming into her own and realising her true potential. Throughout the movie she challenges those that underestimate her intelligence, she ignores those who don’t believe in her ability and solves a murder case in her first year of bloody uni.
When this movies was released so many thought they were in for one long dumb blonde joke and yet another chance to laugh at a misogynist caricature. Instead, they encountered a woman-positive film that subverted the dumb blonde stereotype, trashed misogynists, uplifted its heroine and undermined sexist tropes.
Going into this blog post I didn’t think I was going to go into a deep analysis of Legally Blonde… yet here we are.
The Legally Blonde movies are rich with important messages; although the second movie wasn’t as good as the first it made us look at ourselves and our own unethical practices when it came to animal testing which is something I’m passionate about. I believe that it’s our job as humans to be as ethical as possible when it comes to our choices, which includes avoiding products and companies that still test on animals.
Right now, as I type this post, millions of animals are cramped inside cold, dark cages in laboratories across the world. Many of them cry out in pain after a long day of torture and abuse, while some sit quietly in fear, awaiting the same fate as their neighbours when the sun rises. None of them will ever understand why they were placed in such an unfortunate position, but all of them will wonder if they will ever see freedom. This is something that I thoroughly do not support and although sometimes it can be tricky and time consuming, I try and do extensive research into a product or band before buying. If you feel the same way I urge you to research who you’re supporting with your dollar, buy cruelty free products and email companies and demand change.
I believe that we should all aim to sprinkle a little bit of Elle Woods into our lives. Elle Woods, a Feminist icon? I think so.
First I was angry and then I realized my anger was completely misdirected. I mean this wasn’t the salon’s fault. I had sat there and witnessed this injustice and I had just let it happen. I didn’t get involved, in the process. I forgot to use my voice. I forgot to believe in myself but now I know better. I know that one honest voice can be louder than a crowd. I know that if we lose our voice or let those who speak on our behalf, compromise our voice than this country, this country is in for a really bad haircut. – Elle Woods
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