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Hustlers: The Empowerment Movie You Didn’t Know You Needed

Since being released last month, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers has become a cultural phenomenon. With that, people have noted its message of empowerment and women’s solidarity. Here are some key takeaways to drive that message home. 

Sisterhood

While there might not be traveling pants involved in this flick, there is definitely a lot of love to go around with the main characters. They’re genuinely supportive of each other; in finding work, clients, and opportunities. 

Confidence

There is very little self doubt in this whole adventure. These ladies are confident in themselves, their actions, and sometimes even the consequences. If you’re gonna be robbing men at a strip club, that’s something you’ve gotta do with confidence!

Fashion

Everyone in this movie is constantly in it. It starts with Ramona’s furs and only gets better from there!

Learning How to Work Men

Jennifer Lopez’s Ramona breaks down the inner workings of the male psyche. It might not be as complicated as you think, and could potentially make way for more women heists!

Lizzo

Can one even go wrong with Lizzo? Just seeing her on screen can unclog your pores, lower your cholesterol, and improve your credit score. She’s 100% that bitch. 

Sex Positivity

A movie about strippers isn’t a guaranteed win for the sex positivity movement, but this movie really drives that message home. Sexuality is shown as a source of pride, not one of shame or disgust. 

Female Focused

There are very few movies that primarily focus their attention on women. Even in those cases, it gets more rare to focus on the women, and not their relationship counterparts. This movie was a powerhouse of strong women actors, with some men in the background. 

You might not have been expecting a feminist adventure when walking into your local theater, but it’s definitely what you leave with!

Stephanie Zengler is a Business Administration major and Communication Studies minor, and she completely understands if you think her last name is actually Ziegler. Like a lot of business majors, Stephanie has a favorite Andrew Carnegie quote, and like a good communication minor, has very strong opinions on the Oxford comma. Aside from being a Stout student, Stephanie is an avid fan of Bay Area sports, Fleetwood Mac, and the amazingly perfect show Dollface.
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