Bridget Jones is the protagonist in Helen Fielding’s 1990 novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. Although this work is fiction, her life seems all too real for many women. The struggles Bridget faces are struggles many women continue to face today for instance, body image, intake of their many vices, being single in their thirties and dating in their thirties. The largest struggle she faces is an identity crisis, causing her position on all of her smaller struggles to be constantly changing. She emerges at the end of the novel with unmistakable inner poise, boldness and self-determination that resembles that of feminist. Bridget Jones speaks for women everywhere, but her message isn’t the clearest on what she advocates for. It seems that she advocates on behalf of post feminism because she wants to “have it all,” meaning a career, a man, and her physic.
Bridget is a product of second wave of feminism. She is a woman who grew up on the 70’s women’s empowerment ideals of sexual liberation and gender equality (). It defines women’s empowerment by the ability to have it all, and the freedom to choose, which is just what Bridget wants. This makes her a post-feminist. The term “post-feminism” was originally coined in1985 by Toril Moi in Sexual/Textual Politics to advocate a feminism that would break down the divide between equality based or “liberal” feminism and difference based or “radical feminism” (Kavka). It came long after most of the feminist dirty work had been done. First wave feminism is responsible for Seneca Falls convention in 1848() which eventually lead to women’s right to vote nearly 40 years after. The next wave of feminism falls on the women of the 1960’s who tirelessly fought for civil rights, a...
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Bridget continues to act on behalf of post-feminist ideals when it comes to career. Her relationship with Daniel Cleaver begins with discriminatory messaging back and forth. Daniel brings up her small black skirt which is harassment in the work place. Bridget then chooses to argue on behalf of that discrimination in a flirty manor instead of giving into him. She continues to let Daniel rule her world, after the two break up and she quits her job. Despite crying over him quite often in the bathroom, she quits despite his plea for her to stay. She prioritizes her ability to work and her work environment rather than staying on just because Daniel asks. In her next job at the television show, she …..
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