Growing up charmed

I have never liked the word feminism. Obviously, I would never call myself a feminist either. That doesn’t mean I don’t like strong women. In contrary to many (feminist) women’s opinions, I do believe that we’ve had a broad range of female role models in film and TV. Many of these TV-shows and films have a great legacy that’s often underestimated by many.  When I was growing up, Charmed was a very big TV-show, and I’ve been watching it ever since my mother aloud me to. I believe the Charmed sisters to be fantastic role models for young girls, and here’s why.

 

  • The girls are alright

Always in a position to save themselves, with no help from any others, the Charmed sisters prove themselves to be very able to handle their own problems. A classic feminist would argue that there’s a man assisting them, but in the show, most of the time that particular man is unavailable or just not showing up. It shows young girls that they don’t need a man to rescue them and might even prepare them for the reality of men being unavailable at some times. Girls are taught to rely on their own strengths and most of all given the confidence that if they do so, they will succeed. I reckon you could call that girl power.

 

  • Lovin’ life

There’s nothing anti-women about being involved in relationships and having troubles with that too. The sisters show that better than anyone else. They remain very independent, while still happily engaging in their sometimes difficult love lives. They go out, date and have active sex lives. They get their hearts broken, have a little breakdown and get over it. And while doing all this, they remain self-reliant. The show shows that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being heartbroken over a guy and that it will definitely not make you into a ‘weak’ woman, a signal that is unfortunately given by some classic feminists.

 

  • #Career goals 

The Charmed ones aren’t solely fighters, they’re hard workers too. No glass ceiling in their world, anything is possible if you work hard. With one of them being a praised chef and succesful club owner later on, even the more ‘manly’ jobs are covered. I believe the show’s sending the perfect message into the world: you can be anything if you put your mind to it. Isn’t that the idea we all want to grow up with?

 

 

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  1. HI Daphne, well i do wish that I’d seen Charmed, as it sounds a great TV show. I’m interested in how you define feminism – you seem to be defining by how other people define it. I think you could take control of the definition, and if you did then you might be more willing to see it as catch-all which allows women to be equal to men. Two writers who help expand this are Bee Rowlatt, in her book In Search of Mary who writes about the so-called mother of Feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft (she was also the mother of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein). MW wrote “Vindicaton of the Rights of Woman” -a reply to Tom Paine’s book – in the late 18th century stating “we do not want power over men, but over ourselves”. The other is more pop, but it’s showing feminism is more about society having basic respect for women, How to be Woman by Caitlin Moran. Best wishes, Nicola

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