Is “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” Really Pro-Feminism?
Why can’t women be sexually incentive the same way males can be?
When you see a video of women partaking in some form of sexual activity, they are labeled as a slut, easy, or are belittled in other ways— but males are boasted and praised for being sexually active. In many ways, this is used to subject a woman and keep her submissive. Society implies a woman is supposed to be innocent, inferior and conservative and that stops a woman from doing a lot of things. It keeps them from enjoying sexual activities (or being ashamed of enjoying the sexual activities), not taking on the high-powered positions, and overall just limiting themselves.
In the 2018 Film, To All The Boys I’ve loved before, you see the lead character, Lara Jean, go through a moment of being slut-shamed while her partner, Peter, is praised even though the pair didn’t have sexual intercourse.
Despite the film including instances that subject a female because of enjoying sexual activity, this film was raved on by a multitude of Netflix users. The storyline of this film stays consistent in the structure of typical stereotypical rom-com films, but the production and distribution differ from previous ones. The difference in manufacturing and distribution is because the teen genre is “mixed with the blockbuster production trend of films with large budgets and large-scale action-adventure plots, high-concept films that build on familiar intellectual properties” (Nelson 131). To better explain this quote: it means that producers are creating the same storylines within films, but are only making them look better visually while distributing them to platforms that are current to this time (like Netflix). This is how you end up with stereotypical and female-subjective films like, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, that continue to bring in substantial revenue.