Feminism & Lord of the Flies

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While feminism is a soaring cause all over the world, does it have a place in the “Remake Generation?” 

As we have seen all too well before in Hollywood’s all female cast remake of Ghostbusters, the concept was new and fresh, but overall a gigantic flop that has received an insane amount of criticism.

We can see that producers and directors are trying to pander to all groups and sensitivities to ensure that they maintain the largest viewing audience possible and to not be attacked for having “patriarchal ideals.” This sounds great on paper, but according to feminist sources and activist’s twitter accounts, this concept change of the original 1954 novel and 1990 movie to add an all-female cast “misses the point” because “women wouldn’t act like that.”

For once in unison we are having an agreement that not everything needs to flip gender roles in today’s society. The book’s author William Golding said, “This has nothing to do with equality at all, I think women are foolish to pretend they’re equal to men – they’re far superior, and always have been. But one thing you cannot do with them is take a bunch of them and boil them down into a set of little girls who would then become a kind of image of civilization, or society. That’s another reason why they aren’t little girls.” 

While this concept change is not made official, producers Scott Mcghee and Evan Siegal say that if they are to go forward with casting all females that they will “plan on sticking close to the source material.” There are other movies that express the hardships of bullying for women that accurately describe their own versions of Lord of the Flies, such as Jawbreaker, so the idea is not that of a movie based in a boy’s world but that of retelling classics. Or is it? 

Austin is from Ogden, Utah and is a second-year student at snow college and three-time dean's list winner. His major is in communications and intends to graduate from Snow College Fall of 2017 Cum Laude. He is seeking a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Utah by Fall of 2019.

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