Is The World Ready For “Legally Blonde 3”?

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Legally Blonde 3: Elle Woods is the pink power player feminism desperately needs.

Reese Witherspoon, star of the beloved Legally Blonde franchise, definitely thinks the plucky attorney could take a stab at politics, especially in a potential third flick. If I were a US citizen, the one person who could snatch my vote away from Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is pink, pretty, and goes everywhere clutching a tiny puppy. “I think we’re ready to see Elle and see what she’s up to lately…we’re talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women.

And I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court Justice or somebody who runs for office, president.” 2003’s Legally Blonde 2 followed Woods as she took on Congress to pass a bill banning animal testing, after she conquered Harvard Law in the original film. President!” Paris Hilton had just been crowned ‘New York’s Leading It-Girl’, Lindsay Lohan was mainly famous for being in The Parent Trap and MTV still occasionally played music videos. The franchise has since inspired the Tony-nominated Legally Blonde: The Musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2007, and the current musical on stage at Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto. If you wanted to conjure up the image of a ditsy, infantilised and spoiled woman in the late Noughties, you’d describe someone dressed from head to toe in pink, with a Chihuahua peeping out of their handbag. Paris Hilton became an international joke, a comic staple for late night talk show hosts, despite being a businesswoman earning $10 million a year from her various product lines, and clearly determined to make her own money despite being an heiress.

If women are going to be shamed for being ‘too masculine’ or ‘too girly’, we can’t then be surprise when they shy away from public life altogether. This is a character who knows that being feminine does not make her fragile or frivolous, and she refuses to hide, change or make herself more ‘palatable’ in order to meet her goals. We wail that ‘poor’ Amal Clooney is being undermined as a barrister by being constantly papped wearing designer dresses – but I think her glamorous image reinforces her achievements. We don’t need to bend and snap our way to the top but we do need to make like Elle – set our sights high and refuse to acknowledge anyone stupid enough to think a passion for pink should have any impact on our job title. The idea of someone like Elle Woods in the White House seems laughable right now – that’s why we need Legally Blonde 3 to help shatter some more stereotypes at a time when women reaching for the top need it most.

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