Our discussion on Thursday about Girlpower and feminism made me think of a comment Natalie Portman recently made in an interview with Elle Magazine about feminist characters. She said:
The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins.
You can read more here.
Natalie Portman is describing Girlpower in this interview. She even uses language similar to that included on our Girlpower syllabus (Professor Parham describes Girlpower as a “phenomenon of ‘women who kick ass'”). Because of this, Portman is making an argument against Girlpower. What Portman says makes sense to me. It also aligns with what I thought about Girlpower before taking this class. Can someone clarify for me the argument for Girlpower?