What The Femme: Rage! - Virtual Class
Investigate the cinema's complicated relationship with revenge-seeking women through a panoply of intense dramas and exceptional characterizations. Taught by Isabella Price.
February 23, 2021
Rage is often viewed in society as being one of the worst things a woman can express. Anger is an ugly emotion, a masculine emotion, one that is only justifiable if it's coming from a man. In media, there are many examples of male rage, of men getting revenge usually for the death and harm of the women in their lives, but few examples of the opposite. When female rage is shown on screen, more often than not, it is a woman getting revenge against one man who hurt her. In movies like Kill Bill, Widows, Peppermint, and Coffy, these women would not be normally revenge-seeking but are pushed by the actions of the men around them. Why can't women be the owners of their own rage? Is it possible for a woman to want to hurt people, unjustifiably, just because she wants it or it pleases her? Would we as a society be able to accept a woman like that? In this class, we will discuss the racial divide between depictions of rage, real-world examples of female violence, and why violent women rarely have a happily ever after.
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.