During my holiday break, I watched a total of 4 movies (I Am Legend, Walk Hard, Juno and Enchanted) in about a week. (Yikes! I know…) Enchanted was really cute and much better than I expected – I can’t seem to get the catchy and cheesy songs from the movie out of my head!
The movie touches on the concepts of romance and marriage. In one scene, Patrick Dempsey tells the main character, Amy Adams, about the concept of dating, which was totally new to her since she had been waiting for her Prince Charming to come get her to live happily ever after.
Then it got me thinking of that SATC line by Charlotte that “all women really want is to be rescued.” Her 3 very independent and career ambitious friends don’t deny this.
Growing up, we learn so much about how women should be strong, and at the same time we’re told fairy tales about being a princess waiting for her prince. All we need to do is wait for him… and maybe brush our hair and use eye cream in the meantime.
As much as I would love to argue about how ridiculous I think that rescued comment is, I can’t shrug it off entirely without being completely honest with myself. There have been plenty of times in the past when I wished for someone to take away my jaded view of men and renew my faith with one wildly romantic gesture. And that, to me, might be my version of “being rescued.”
I feel as though the modern version of women being rescued would mean getting married. Going off of fairy tales alone, it always seems like the woman is fully content and feels “rescued” when the fairy tale ends with marriage. And for the men? Their goal is to rescue the woman! (This must be a toughie for men in the real world, since I can imagine most women saying things like “I don’t need to be rescued! I make more money than you!”)
What do you think about the concept of “being rescued”? Do you agree, as hard as it may be to admit, that in some way women really just want to be rescued?