This article is from the archive of our partner. There's a work of maybe-satire that's been floating around the Internet for the good bad girl tv tropes couple of weeks. You may have seen it. You may have laughed at it or shared it on your Tg page or read blog posts about it, like Lindy West's amusing take on Jezebel yesterday.
Subscribe Laura Palmer has been dead for twenty-five years, but her legacy has dwarfed that of countless other living female characters. For all the power we imagine stardom must grant—or, perhaps more to the point, for all the power we imagine we give to stars—female stars, for the century or so that stardom as we know it has existed, have usually become famous for an essentially passive set of attributes. This is visible in the earliest of silent films, in which men must do—must seduce, swashbuckle, prank, and pratfall—while women may simply be. be beautiful, luminous, still. This type of stardom, though perfected via celluloid, has long since transcended the medium. Princess Diana, when she first emerged into the public eye as the nineteen-year-old bride-to-be of Prince Charles, was lacking not just in defect but in visible personality of any kind, allowing her admirers to imbue her with whatever attributes they desired.
We might like to believe we're living in woke times, but there are plenty more outdated attitudes and behaviour that still need correction. Like everyday sexism and everydaysexism. Motherhood is still women's ultimate goal NBC Universal Monica was a successful chef in Friends , but when the series finished did the writers give her a chain of restaurants and a book deal as her happy ending?