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The “Strong” Female Roles of Reese Witherspoon

For my final project, I will be looking at Reese Witherspoon’s various roles as a female protagonist. I will be discussing Cruel Intentions, made in 1999 (she plays Annette Hargrove, innocent declared virgin who wins over the sexually promiscuous characters … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Woman’s job?

My earliest encounter with women in politics, was in the fourth grade. My friends and I were sitting in our school cafeteria discussing what we wanted to be when we grew up. One of us mocked the class over achiever … Continue reading Continue reading

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Strong Female Roles of Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has played several strong female roles where she gets what she wants, leading us to ask, what is Hollywood’s portrayal of the active female? Does she always have a man helping her? Does she step on other people … Continue reading Continue reading

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Who is really talking in Election?

In this blog I wanted to explore a particular scene of Election. The scene I would like to discuss is the one where Tammy decides to run for president and the events that led to this moment. One that people … Continue reading Continue reading

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Tracy Flick – Iron Maiden

Between viewing Election and reading Carlin and Winfrey’s “Have You Come a Long Way, Baby?”, I found the parallels that arose very interesting. Though the election in the film is considerably less important and meant to be taken less seriously … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hypocrisy and Gaze in “Election”

The scene in which Mr. McAllister discusses his blossoming “friendship” with Linda highlights his hypocrisy, which is displayed throughout the film.  While in his voiceover Mr. McAllister attempts to present his actions in a positive light, clearly his behaviors are … Continue reading Continue reading

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Multiple Perspectives in Election: Tammy and the Gaze

Though Jim McAlister is arguably the protagonist of Alexander Payne’s Election (1999), the film offers a unique omniscient narration that allows three other characters—Tracy Flick, and Paul and Tammy Metzler—to occasionally hijack the narrative and narration for themselves. Significantly, the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Women in Politics- an Examination

This week’s movie, Election, is tied so far as my favorite movie that we have watched in class up until this point. I was not only entertained by the subtle humor of the film, however, but was also forced to … Continue reading Continue reading

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