A Post-feminist construction

Bridget Jones's Diary movie posterIn the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is a true example of a post-feminist construction. She is liberated as far is having a career; she has her own apartment, good girlfriends and a really nice guy friend. But, at the end of the day, is she really free from the social stigma of not being married at a certain age? Not having children? Her mission through out the movie is to fit into a particular stereotype that seems to play out in our culture: be married by a particular age, have a great career, be skinny…. At the end of day, our heroine not only gets the “cute” successful guy, but along the way learns to accept herself, just the way she is.

1 thought on “A Post-feminist construction”

  1. “…our heroine not only gets the “cute” successful guy, but along the way learns to accept herself, just the way she is.”

    Isn’t this a contradiction in terms? How can a movie extol the virtues of individuality (“just the way she is”) while still following the traditional she-must-get-the-guy plot?

    Or is that precisely your point? 🙂

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