Analysis Of Thelma And Louise

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(Part 1) Thelma & Louise received mix responses from film critics when it first came out. The responses to the film were largely based on preconceived notions about how women operate in the criminal justice system. Obviously, this movie subverted a lot of these presumptions. The first issue was gender. Women had not been perceived as outlaws until this film. The whole idea of a woman in the criminal justice system did not embody what the movie portrayed. Specifically, after Thelma was sexually assaulted and Harlan was shot, the women come to the conclusion that going to the police won’t help them. They do not have faith the male dominated criminal justice system will look past Thelma’s drinking, dancing, and flirting with Harlan. In the article “Outlaw Women: An Essay on Thelma & Louise”, Elizabeth Spelman and Martha Minow said “Louise and Thelma both hear and reject the echo of societal conversations about blaming women who get raped because ‘they asked for it.’” Louise immediately acknowledges this stereotype against them which is the fact if a woman was raped, the law will view it like “she had it coming”. In other words, she was provocative in some way that established consent. Another issue concerning gender was the one of outlaw women. Normally, the traditional outlaw film contains a white male that we as the audience view as virtuous. While most probably favored what Thelma and Louise were doing, there were some points where the deviancy might have been too much.
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