Not Quite a "Feminist Masterpiece": Re-Assessing the Characters in 'Clueless' 12th Grade
It has been 24 years since the official release of Clueless, the 90's romantic comedy that is still loved by teenage girls now in 2018. In general, the action centers on best friends Cher and Dionne as they take new girl Tai under their wing. What began as a chick flick is now being viewed in a different light - some claim Clueless is a movie oriented around the empowerment of women and is a "feminist masterpiece". However, in a movie that centers around a female protagonist that goes to extreme lengths when she wants male attention and an emphasis on the desire look like a "supermodel" throughout it is hard to class it as anything that demonstrates feminism and would appear to me more damaging on a teenage girl's attitude.
However, there are some aspects of the movie that are empowering to women. Heckerling presents the audience with a scene where the three main females discuss sex; In which each girl shares information about their experiences free of judgement from the others. While Tai has has multiple experiences and discusses her likes and dislikes - "I don't really mind unless his you know what isn't crooked". Dionne claims to be "technically a virgin". What is empowering about this scene is the fact there is no judgement...
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