I was waiting for Damages to come on last night and The Devil Wears Prada was on FX. I’ve seen it. Don’t laugh. But something always irked me about the movie. It’s supposed to be about a young woman who decides to forgo her boss’s cutthroat ways to prove that a woman can make it without having to act like a psycho. Seems pretty straight forward. But I want you to take all the roles and reverse the genders.
Meryl Streep’s character is a ball busting woman who gets what she wants. She’s a little devious and very demanding. However, had the character been played by a man, he would have been the hero of the movie. Now take Anne Hathaway’s character. She’s mousy and loyal with a bushy-eyebrowed boyfriend and preachy friends. Over the course of the movie she does what she needs to to be great at her job. And then she’s punished for it.
Her friends judge her for missing her BF’s bday party and for EGADS letting a man kiss her cheek, and then her boyfriend breaks up with her for doing her job. If the genders were reversed, the woman would be expected to keep her mouth shut while the man worked hard to get to the top.
Then, the ending really got me. Because after Anne H’s character gives up the best job she’ll ever have and grovels to her boyfriend, he announces that he’s applied for and is taking his dream job in another city. And she’s all like, YAY!!!
In the end I’m not sure if this movie is supposed to be pro feminism or if it’s supposed to demonize the working woman and sending her scurrying back to the kitchen.
It’s one thing when women are sexualized and minimized by men, but when women do it to each other in movies aimed at women, it’s frustrating.
Unfortunately, in this case, I think the devil was the one behind the camera.
Incoherent mini-rant over.