Okay listen new rule. If you’re going to make an ‘Imagine Dead Poets Society but with all girls’ post you gotta COMMIT.
Because I wanna know what does that actually look like, when we get to the nitty gritty of it? If the boys are undergoing the pressure of getting into good schools, setting themselves up for careers are we looking at similarly pressured young women? Girls who have to be BETTER than the boys just to compete with them. A female Neil who is under even more pressure to do well academically and become a doctor because it makes a very specific statement about her and her family.
Or are we talking about girls who are under a whole different set of social confines? Young women who are defined by their eligibility for marriage, their social standings, their perceived femininity and purity. How well they perform their roles as daughters and future wives. Is female Todd under pressure to get into a good school in order to attract a husband like her older sister has?
Is poetry being offered to them as an artistic endeavor they’ve lacked or as an academic pursuit they’ve been denied?
Or are we saying fuck it, if Shakespeare didn’t need historical accuracy than neither do we and replicating exactly the same situations, still set in 1959 but with girls instead. Seeing how the situations read differently simply based on our own cultural perceptions of girlhood. How Knox’s pursuit of Chris is completely rewritten if they’re both girls. How Charlie’s use of melodramatic performative techniques mirrors the idea of the ‘hysterical’ young woman.
Like I’m not trying to dismiss those posts or seem critical of all girl dps aesthetics or simple versions of this idea. All I’m saying is that there is so so much more to talk about here and I’d love to have those conversations.