Feminism In Bridget Jone's Diary And The Madams

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The literary genre, Chic-lit, originated in the mid-nineties. By the end of the decade the now well established genre followed a clear narrative style that incorporated a vast dynamic of “chic-lit attributes”. These attributes have been accredited to the success of chic-lit, through there said ‘reproduction of a young contemporary women’s life’ in the twentieth century. However, we know that there is a massive dynamic of cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations that fall within the category of ‘the young contemporary women’. Therefor through the analysis of two different chic-lit novels, Bridget Jone’s Diary and The Madams, I will attempt to answer the question of whether or not chic lit is representative of the discourse of feminism. Or, if it ultimately conforms and there for perpetuates…show more content…
Perhaps the most obvious would be Jone’s relationship with her boss, Daniel Cleaver. Bridget prides herself in having a well-established job that allows her to be financially independent. This in itself is progressive of the feminist discourse. However, despite everything she has going for her Bridget, like majority of chic-lit characters, desires the affection and acceptance of a man. Bridget places a significant amount of effort into looking attractive for her co-worker, wearing more revealing clothes, doing her hair and makeup and attempting to lose weight. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with this if it is done in a healthy manner and you are doing it for yourself. It is problematic when it becomes an unhealthy obsession in order to gain the attention and validity of a male. Daniel’s objectification of Bridget via his risqué text messages, highlights the power relations between the two. When Daniel tells her that her skirt is too short and her blouse is see-through, Bridget recognizes the harassing tone of his messages and formulates a draft response in which to discredit him. However, she chooses not to send it and sits at her desk

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