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Thelma & Louise Women and Femininity

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Women and Femininity

DARRYL: No, Thelma, I don't give a s*** what we have for dinner. I may not even make it home for dinner. You know how Fridays are

Thelma's expected not to question her husband's goings-on on Friday nights…but he sure is allowed to totally blow her off. Fair trade? Yeah, we didn't think so.

THELMA: Well, he'd never let me go. He never lets me do one goddamn thing that's any fun. All he wants me to do is hang around the house the whole time while he's out doing God only knows what.

Sucky gender roles can't be laid out any more simply than that. Basically, the guy can do whatever the heck he wants—and the gal also has to do whatever the heck he wants.

LOUISE: Just for the future, when a woman's crying like that, she's not having any fun!

On second thought, let's get rid of that "future" idea altogether, shall we? Fellas, remember this one. It's not hard.

THELMA: You wanna step into the trunk, please?

PATROLMAN: Please, I have a wife and kids. Please!

THELMA: You do? Well, you're lucky. You be sweet to 'em. Especially your wife. My husband wasn't sweet to me, look how I turned out.

One of our favorite moments in the film. Blame Darryl—why not? To Thelma's credit, she is very polite about asking the cop to get into his trunk. How many male criminals can we give such props to?

TRUCKER: You women are crazy!

LOUISE: You got that right.

THELMA: We think you should apologize.

Is asking for an apology instead of fulfilling a stranger's sexual fantasies really that crazy? No wonder Thelma and Louise feel like they have to become outlaws in order to live free lives.

THELMA: Damn. I hate that! I hate bein' called a beaver, don't you?

We can think of a few others names we hate being called, too.

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