“I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” —Diane von Furstenberg
The Fallen Woman is a term that’s been heard throughout history and literature. One of the first examples that popped into my mind was the movie Princess Diaries. Where Anne Hathaway plays a unpopular teenager who finds out she’s royalty, the sequel leads to Hathaway’s character having to find someone to marry, so she can solidify her role as producing an heir to the throne. Feeling the pressure of her country she starts to date different men that would fit the role as future king. As time passes, people start to close in on her about being with someone until she finally decides she doesn’t want to be with someone. During that moment people around her were portraying her as what is an example of a “Fallen Woman”.
Many of you who have seen the Princess Diaries’ movies, know that the story ends with Anne Hathaway’s character gaining acceptance for choosing to be single as the Queen of Genovia.
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ―Madonna
If women don’t meet the expectations of society, even today’s society, they get ousted as disappointments or in this case ‘Fallen Women’.
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”—Beyoncé
However, history is changing for women in society. Today, we have women breaking the glass ceiling in areas like running for the President of the United States like Hillary Clinton is doing so today. We have women CEO’s and other powerhouse females breaking barriers. Though, the ‘Fallen Women’ trope is still alive today theres a long way to go for the females of our world.
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou