Essay on Kate vs Kat: the Independent, Feminist Role Model

2213 Words Nov 6th, 2007 9 Pages
In the past one hundred years, one of the most important social issues has been the subject of equality. However, this has not always been the case. For centuries, western civilization was a primarily patriarchal society, but in recent years, this issue of equality has permeated all parts of our social world, including literature. Thus we find literary critics placing twenty-first century values on ancient works, hoping to find elements of social equality where, often times, there is none to be found. For example, critics in recent years have attempted to describe William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew as a feminist work; however, it is largely the opposite. Petruccio's actions can been seen as patriarchal, enforcing the generally …show more content…
However, towards the end of the film Kat explains to Bianca about her freshman year and her sexual relationship with Joey. Kat explains to Bianca that after her "incident" with Joey, she felt that she did not have to be someone who she is not to impress others. Kat is happy with who she is and feels that she does not have to change for anyone. Consequently, Bianca punches Joey twice on the nose, and kicks him in the groin, yelling "and that's for me!" The next day, Kat admits to her father that Bianca "beat the hell" out of Joey, and states "What's the matter? Upset that I rubbed off on her?" Her father honestly replies, "No, impressed." Kat not only protects her sister, but she also teaches her to be strong and to be herself. This digression from the play is important to pop culture because although it portrays the petty arguments siblings normally have, it shows that siblings do look out for one another and they protect each other.
In Kat's first entrance in the film, Joan Jett's song "Bad Reputation" is played, the lyrics of which echo Kat's feminist point of view. The first line of the song, "I don't give a damn about my bad reputation," would be indicative of both Kat and Kate, the rest of the song is only indicative of the feminist attitude that Kat displays in the film.
"I don't give a damn about my reputation. You're living in the past. It's a new generation. A girl can do what

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