Sometimes, in life, you have to make a choice about surviving. Even if that choice means going against respectable society and being labelled an outcast for that choice.
In Bad Girls (1994), four women must make their own choices. Cody (Madeleine Stowe), Anita (Mary Stuart Masterson), Eileen (Andie MacDowell) and Lily (Drew Barrymore) are forced to make their living via the world’s oldest profession. When Cody saved Eileen from an abusive customer, all four women must run for Texas. Anita is a widow who hopes to pull out money from late husband’s bank account to start a new life in Oregon, but with the Pinkertons and Cody’s old partner thrown into the mix, it will not be an easy journey.
It’s not the best movie, or the best Western. However it’s nice to see strong women who defy the standards of what it means to be a respectable woman.
“Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what girls are made of”
“Well behaved women seldom make history”.
From an early age, many young girls are taught to be respectable, quiet and nice. If a female chooses to act out or move away from the standard ideals of what a female should be, she is labeled a bad girl.
Bad Girls: Siren’s, Jezebels, Murderesses And Other Female Villains, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple and illustrated by Rebecca Gray was released last year. The book profiles women across history who chose to break the rules on how to be a female. The women they write about include Cleopatra, Mata Hari, Catherine The Great and Bonnie Parker.
I liked this book. Written in down to earth language with a colorful comic book style drawing that accompanies the mini biography of the women, this book is excellent. While the targeted age range for this book is 9-12, that does not mean that an adult can enjoy this book as much as a child would.