Marilyn Monroe a Feminist Goddess

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Marilyn, a Woman in a Man’s World


Feminism is not a label, it’s not a movement and most definitely not confined to one rigid definition.

Just because people arrived at Feminism at a certain time does not mean others weren’t practicing it, living it and embodying it one way or another long before that.

Marilyn Monroe, the epitome of femininity and the sex symbol of all centuries was one badass woman who knew how to swim in a shark tank and live and rule in a man’s world.

Her tragic death does not take away from how far she’s gone not only by her looks but by her wit and charm.


Marilyn is usually thought of irreparably damaged, too exploited to require credit for launching her career or success. Nothing may well be clear of the truth. Marilyn may be a girl who single handedly created herself as a star, gaining control of varied disabilities within the process, making a life additional dramatic than any role she competes in films. Her disadvantages were many. She suffered from learning disability and from a stutter more severe than anyone has realized. She was sexually abused from the tender age of 8. She had numerous miscarriages and medical conditions that overshadowed her life and well being. Still, she never allowed any of her misfortunes to stop her. She knew what she wanted and went full speed after it.

But bucking the system was in her nature. In 1952, with her career on the rise, nude photos surfaced from a calendar shoot she had done when struggling and needing money. The studio went into damage control, telling Marilyn to deny that it was her in the photos. She refused, not only admitting it was her but also declaring, "I'm not ashamed of it. I've done nothing wrong."

Early in her career, Marilyn called out powerful men for their sexual harassment. While she didn't specifically name anyone, voicing her opinion took courage at a time when women were just commodities in the film industry.

During her wedding ceremony to Joe Dimaggio, Marilyn promised to “Love, Honor and Cherish” her husband, but she intentionally left out the word “Obey”. Marilyn didn’t want to be ruled or controlled by a man.

 

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Marilyn went on to smash through more gender stereotypes when she started her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions. Even though she did this with the help of her manager Milton Greene, by all accounts she was the mastermind and business brain behind it.

Pushing gendered boundaries to be defined by more than her looks or the men she married, speaking up against sexual harassment, demanding equal pay, artistic freedom and respectful working conditions, she changed the landscape for {girls} within the film industry.

If you still don’t believe that Marilyn is one badass feminist we’ll let her quotes speak for themselves.

“A wise girl is aware of her limits, a sensible girl knows that she has none.”

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“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”

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“When it comes down to it, I let people think what they want. And if they care enough to bother with what I do, I already know I’m better than them.”

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“Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

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“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

But her number one quote that says it all 

“Women who seek to be equal with men, lack ambition”

 

Marilyn Monroe was hands down the feminist queen in the 1950s and to this day.

 

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