At this point, those who are film fanatics have watched or at least heard of the 1985 film The Breakfast Club. To sum up the basis of the story— five teenagers from different walks of life serve a day of detention together. There is Claire (the Princess), John (the criminal), Brian (the brain), Andrew (the athlete), and Allison (the basket case). This film represents the typical stereotype characters that you’d get while watching a teen film, but it later reveals that these five individuals are more than the stereotypical titles they are given, and they end up becoming close friends.
Despite the five getting to know one another, the beginning stages of this process were rocky. After reading Molly Ringwald’s, who played Clair in this film, article about her recollection of the 1985 film, I realized how the sexualization of women is so normalized.
In her article, What About “The Breakfast Club”?: Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo, Ringwald notes watching this movie with her daughter for the first time, and being uncomfortable during the scene where John looks under Claire’s skirt. For her, it was a realization that she needs to “examine the role that these movies have played in our cultural life: where they came from, and what they might mean now;” and I agree with her realization (Ringwald, 2018).
When I would watch this film, I laughed at that specific scene, but now that I look back on it, it makes me realize how brainwashed I am to accept the sexualization of women as normal or even humorous at times. Though this scene is a small scene within a film that has an overarching impactful meaning behind it, it still opens the door for more conversations about diminishing the normalization of sexualizing women.