The Feminist Approach -
How are women portrayed in the work?


Text 1: Oedipus the King

The Sphinx is portrayed as a "wench" because she was difficult to conquer. Only Oedipus could answer her riddle, long after she had killed many people.

Text 2: Oedipus the King

Jocasta is portrayed as weak and deceitful when she lies to Oedipus and when she commits suicide.

Text 3: "Scars"

The mother in "Scars" is portrayed as inadequate because she is more concerned with her husband than her son. The son knows that the mother only truly loves the father, and not him.

Text 4: Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is initially portrayed as a foolish young woman who is in over her head at law school. By the end of the movie, viewers realize how smart and talented she is as a litigator.

Text 5: Mean Girls

Mean Girls introduces the many sides of female friendships. Regina and The Plastics are portrayed as vapid teens who are obsessed with looks and popularity. The other girls are portrayed as weak-minded for caring so much about the approval of The Plastics.

Text 6: "Roar" by Katy Perry

"Roar" by Katy Perry empowers women through its lyrics. The singer suggests, "you're gonna hear me roar," as a way in which she is reclaiming her power as a female who used to "bite [her] tongue and hold [her] breath."

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