The rise of feminism in the 20th century brings with it a different angle of perception towards women. Kaplan (35) observes that traditional social elements such as media, education, religion and family have always considered the role of a woman to be backseat. Hollywood which is one of the most powerful aspects has also experienced the impact of feminism activisms. Perhaps Louise and Thelma is one of such productions that made a statement in the 90’s about how women view fellow women as Cooper (5) agrees. Alien too is a movie that stirred controversy on sexuality and feminisms. This study will look at the rationale for studying women or gender studies in regards to media and film and the relevance of the feminist ideas in the two films.
Louise and Thelma is a 90’s production that was directed by Ridley Scott from the concept of melodrama and action. Various analysts have termed the film as the pioneer feminist road movie because it brings out a strong carefree woman who takes up the traditional role of a lead male actor. Traditionally all productions of movies in Hollywood, especially in the action movies had male actors as the lead figures. Female acts were either supporting cast or were used as compassionate or sex goddesses. Women of color as Hooks (117) illustrates, were used in even lower cadre positions in these productions. However, Louise and Thelma were released from the perspective of a female spectator for the audience of women. ...Show more