G.I. Joe?.. No Jane
In Mill’s The Subjection of Women he discuss the topic of emancipation. Which simply gives women equal rights in all societies, public and private. An example of a public society is the topic of military action and how women weren’t allowed into some of the different groups. In the movie G.I. Jane they discuss that very topic. The film tells the fictional story of the first woman to undergo training to be apart of the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Group.
In the movie, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil played by Demi Moore is handpicked to join the training course for the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Group after a female senator criticizes the Navy for not being gender-neutral. It was stated in the film between the officials at the Navy and the senator that if women compare favorably with men in a series of test cases, the military will integrate women fully into all branches of the Navy. Which is one of Mill’s argument in his first two chapters that women should have the option to try anything they want, and let them decide for themselves that it is better for them to other things. That way they have the equal opportunities.
In the film, they choose O’Neil because she was physically more feminine than the other candidates. In choosing her they inferred that she would quickly drop after experiencing the brutal training tactics. In the end she didn’t drop and soon won the respect of her fellow trainees. In some of the task she even proved to be better than her male counterparts. She became known as G.I. Jane and proved that not only can women do the same as men, but also in some cases they can be better. Which again reinforces Mill’s idea that women could do anything men can if given emancipation.