The Second Wave Of Feminism And The Gay Liberation Movement

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These two films arrive amid the second-wave of feminism in the United States. During this time, the country saw the Post WWII era of family values, and mass consumerism. The civil rights movement became the topic of discussion throughout the media, and college students across the nation became political activist. The Vietnam war erupts as the main focus of the mid-60s, and tensions increase even more as the Gay Liberation Movement blooms into full effect throughout the 60s and 70s. With all the chaos, women saw themselves as secondary and decided to spark social movements as a way to gain equality. Gloria Steinem became the face of the movement stating, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” The main focus of the second-wave of feminism was to gain women’s power and liberation. They sought to expose domestic violence against women, the marriage inequality, child rearing, divorce, sexual assault, sexual liberation, birth control rights, abortion (Roe v. Wade), education for women, as well as chattering the glass ceiling in the workplace. These two films could be said to be a written response to the movement. In the film Halloween, the female characters are sexually liberated but are consequently tortured for their promiscuity.The women are young, vibrant, socially aware, and are comfortable with their sexuality. It would be safe to say that these women would be a part of this movement given the historical context. The women in the film Carrie would
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