Hey guys, sorry for the delay. Yesterday, my internet died but today it has been resurrected. Huzzah!
If you haven't guessed already, this post is about the fabulous movie, Easy A.
If you haven't seen it, go watch it. Actually, make sure you've watched at least one classic John Hughes movie, like Sixteen Candles, and then come back to me.
If you strip away all of the references to the classic John Hughes movies and the hilarity that is (was?) Amanda Bines, then what you get is a movie about how people treat women and men, specifically if they're a virgin or not. If a man has sex, he's a hero and if a woman has sex, she's a slut, when neither is true.
It's easy to see Olive, and females in general, are the only ones being hurt by this, but what's also important is how this affect's men. To be accepted they have to play to this trope. Male students in the movie get to the point where they've willing to pay Olive so she pretends that she's had sex with them. After that, they're welcomed into the fold. If you don't see anything wrong with this then you really need to think about how you belief is affecting other people.
At the end of the movie Olive just does her own thing and rides into the sunset on a lawnmower (as you do). Whether she chooses to have sex or not is up to her and no one else. As viewers we never get to see what choice she makes and that's exactly how it should be. No one should get to decide what a woman does with her body accept for that woman.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
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