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My perfect Saturday night would literally consist of making popcorn and watching action movies in my living room with great company. I'm not much of a party do-er, even sometimes when I wish I was. Watching an intense movie in a relaxed environment is what I find ideal.  When I first heard of the “Smurfette Principle,” I automatically associated it with the stereotypical profile of a woman. Although that in itself is troubling, there was so much more to the “Smurfette Principle” that I hadn't even considered.

 The "Smurfette Principle" introduces the concept that the majority of action
movies consists of only one woman, and that one woman is only there to be
associated with men. Women are either the sidekick, the girlfriend, or the sexy
trophy just for eye candy; in other words, they have no real identity. It didn't take me long after I heard of this to completely agree! Taking it back to one of my favorite action movies, Captain America (okay, it wasn't too far back, but still), I recall only seeing three woman throughout the entire show, and only one had a leading role. The other two were blind dates and only on screen for 40 seconds, literally. The leading woman was amongst a sea of army men. Now, I understand the historical precedent they were attempting to portray, but the leading woman couldn't have a mother? Relaying the "Smurfette Principal" to a patriarchal framework that we all so easily contribute to, womenhave no real identity. The only identity that we are associated with is in relation to men. I believe I am very well educated in the frameworks that society has placed me in,  but right when I thought I heard it all, there comes this. Meanwhile, here I am, enjoying these action movies without knowing that Iam supporting the very constructs, stereotypes, and frameworks I am trying to diminish or atleast bring to awareness.
The "Smurfette Principle" brought me back to my freshman year: the
philosophical aspect of feminism course that I woke up every day happy to attend
and finished each class ready to burst (literally yelling at my at the time
boyfriend). The hardest part of that class, and to this day, is completely
redefining the very thing I have been raised to believe, down to the
very way I was raised to act.Let me give one example that completely blew my mind. One fine day in my philosophical aspect of feminism class, we were discussing the notion of men opening doors for women. I mean, that's the polite thing to do, right? How can something that's considered generous and "chivalric" also be considered demeaning?Our class and I spoke on why opening doors can be seen as oppressive. It is not justthe belief associated with opening a door that assumes that women can not do itthemselves, but that it is placed hand in hand with the theory Marilyn Frye introduces as "the birdcage".  She discusses how it is important to recognize these elements: these "bars" attached to the birdcage that keep us constrained and oppressed.  Opening a door from a woman is just one construct of the many.This the hardest and harshest reality of feminism, that something as subtle as opening a door has its own hidden motives.  It is Hollywoodmovies, along with these subtle behaviors, where the cycle continues to repeat itself: this cycle that traps women in an already defined identity. There have already been movements that have brought these subtleties to light, and if Hollywood cares enough about their future and their viewers, it's about time they hop on the bandwagon too.Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opM3T2__lZAImage Credit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_America:_The_First_Avenger
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