Media’s Vultures

The other night, my family and I decided to watch The Thomas Crown Affair. This thriller follows a love affair between an art thief and a detective. After watching this movie, I thought about the presentation in class, “Representations of Women and Power.” One thing that stood out to me from the presentation was that when women are in a position of power, they are usually either oversexualized or deemed crazy.
In this movie, one of the lead detectives on this case was the only woman. I noticed her role was very different from the other detectives. She was only used for her “charm” in order to get closer to the art thief. When the detectives started to lose, she was blamed. Her character’s intelligence as a detective was rarely taken seriously, and ultimately, she was being taken advantage of the entire time.
In “King Lear,” when Goneril and Regan became more powerful, they were compared to animals. “Beloved Regan,/ Thy sister’s naught. O Regan, she hath tied/ Sharp-toothed unkindness, like a vulture, here.” (2.4.136). In this scene, King Lear felt that Goneril’s rise to power had betrayed him and was planning to feed off of him like a vulture. By using animals such as “vultures” as a comparison, the argument that women in power are seen as untamed and turbulent is strengthened again.

2 thoughts on “Media’s Vultures

  1. VIVIAN S

    Caroline, I really enjoyed this post and I’ll definitely watch this movie. I completely agree with you, it can be really frustrating when women in powerful positions are deemed crazy. Goneril and Regan have the same intentions as Edmund yet they are the crazy ones because they’re women! I think if the media started changing the stereotype then more people would accept women in powerful positions.

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  2. Sara S

    I think you bring up super important points here! Your connection to the movie is very clear and it highlights why women are not taken seriously sometimes. Although Goneril and Regan were really trying to help Lear (in my opinion), everyone thought they were crazy for betraying their father.

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