Before Finals week, I was bored and I was looking for something to talk about for my forum posting. So, I decided to watch Legally blonde. To be honest, I’m not too sure what I had just watched. I felt very uncomfortable watching it because I felt the movie was meant for girls to watch. There are lots of ideas imbedded in regards to gender and sexuality, yet I find it conflicting because I was somewhat attracted to the way she acted. Considering how conservative Law school is, she was definitely a social deviant and did not fit in at all. She was acting the way she truly felt. However, I felt that she was way too ditzy and made it very easy for her to be patronized.
And then, Social deviance and her being patronized brings up the idea of boundaries. A lot of times, girls are given boundaries created by society. There’s the rule that girls shouldn’t compete with boys or that they should be wearing a dress if they were to compete with them. Sometimes, however, I feel that the rules are just nonsensical. However, it’s so much easier to just stick to status quo and just come back to what is familiar and naturally occurring to us and similar to us. It’s so much easier to be around people who are of similar race and gender.
And I think that is why Elle, the main character in the film, had such a hard time making new friends at Law school. Thus, there are social constrictions and constructions on how one should perform sexuality and their gender since. And, that is how I view gender, a way for us to make our lives easier as it is without getting out of our way to do things differently just as Elle did in the movie. Despite the gender stereotypes and some demeaning gestures in the movie, Elle is an inspiration because she really got out of her comfort zone and was able to break social boundaries and rules in regards to “dumb” blondes achieving great things.
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