Showgirls definite fake lack of intelligence around the

Showgirls is a definite backlash to the typical woman’s role insociety. It is very interesting to me that a movie with this message isset in a normally deviant setting, when it is trying to portray thestrength of a woman. I feel this is the reason that many woman did notsee the film. They are offended, disgusted, and maybe even a littlejealous of strippers.Strippers are able to be in control of the customers at alltimes. They have the power to switch the standard gender roles.

For amoment, I thought differently when Nomi was forced to give a lap dance,but she turned the situation around when she gained part control overCrystal’s man.I admire the character Nomi for her strong will, but I am alsodisgusted by her. She uses every single woman stereotype to get herway. She flirts constantly, wears skimpy or no clothing, she sleeps withCrystal’s man as a retaliation toward a woman who has more prestige thanherself, and many times during the movie she showed a definite fake lackof intelligence around the opposite sex.I was also offended that every single scene with two woman in itwas filled with so many lesbian connotations. During scenes with Nomiand Molly, Nomi was batting her eyelashes constantly at Molly. She evencame on to Crystal at times to try and gain power in the dance world. Itwas not relatable to anyone at all, except for perhaps the Las Vegasdancers who have experienced this type of life.

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The men in Showgirls definitely had control over the women. Therewas no reversal in standard gender roles in these clubs. The men evenacted stereotypically in revelling in their overpowerment of the norm.Also, besides the instance when Nomi beats up the rock star, men use andabuse their status over these scantily clad women throughout the movie.

Nomi tried to gain control in certain situations by seducing thepeople she wanted to have power over, but they always turned around andKnocked her back down to her stereotypical deviant status. Also, whenthe rock star was part of a gang rape with Molly as the vicim, no oneeven thought of calling the police. The men patted Nomi on the head andtold her they would get Molly enough money to start a shop instead ofacknowledging Molly’s feelings in this life shattering event. Yet, whenNomi did seek revenge for Molly’s rape, she had to leave and give up hercareer.The gender roles in Showgirls are all very stereotypical.

Thewomen are beautiful, young and barely dressed. The men are suave andhandsome with controll over everything. It was a powerful film about awoman’s fight against society, but view viewers are going to notice themessage because of the context it was filmed in. Many teenage boyswatched Showgirls over and over again. They saw only the sexy dancersand the sex scenes, they didn’t even look for a deeper message.

In thatsense, I feel the writers failed in portraying a woman’s struggle insociety in a relatable fashion. They put too much concentration into thenaked dancers and the sexual tension. Therefore, if the writers weretrying to portray the women’s plight so that men can understand it, theyfailed miserably. Give men a movie with exotic dancers and they willsay, “What plot?” Women can appreciate Nomi’s struggle and evensympathize with her at times if they ever get bored enough todemean themselves and rent the movie with the naked woman on the cover.

Neely VacuraSociology 101University of South Dakota. USA


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