Veronica Mars: Feminism at its Finest
As much as I hate to, I have to admit that watching Veronica Mars was definitely one of my favorite things to do during the cold days of what seemed to be a never ending winter. Before you judge it, I highly suggest you give the show a shot–It’s funny, smart, and innovative. While watching season 3 on my computer this past week and thinking about how disappointed with how downhill the last season had gone, I realized how much of Mill’s thoughts on feminism could be related to Kristen Bell’s character. She is a perfect example of a great female role model and a perfect display of Mill’s beliefs on the equality between sexes, as evident in The Subjection of Women.
Veronica is a strong, real, smart, empowered female character that we all have grown to love so much. Being a middle-class student among all of the rich and powerful children of Neptune High, Veronica uses wit and humor to bring up class and gender in the show. She spends most of her time as a private investigator, and does a pretty good job at it might I add. As a strong, physically abled (yet petite) woman, she contradicts the general belief that women are weak. I can recall numerous instances throughout the show where people walked into her father’s investigation office, where Veronica works, and immediately commented on the fact that a tiny, cute girl was going to be who they would hire to save them. Usually they would laugh and joke around a little until they would explain the reason for their visit. But if those people had been anyone from the Neptune community, they would have known that Veronica is by far the best and most well known in the job, better than local male competitors. On page 679 of Modern Political Thought Mill states, “Any woman, who succeeds in an open profession, proves by that very fact she is qualified for it.” Veronica is a prime example of how this proves to be true and I think Mill would definitely support her role in society. Just because Veronica is smaller than some doesn’t mean that she is not as smart or less worthy in the business world.
Throughout the show, you see Veronica handling all sorts of advanced technology and spy gadgets. It is a pretty rare representation to show a young woman as technologically savvy and knowledgable as Veronica Mars is. If you watched even five minutes of the show, you would definitely see that her strong and powerful character clearly represents a figure of ultimate “girl power.” Veronica never fails at proving she is strong and able. In my eyes, this completely goes against the social inequalities imposed upon women in a male dominated society, as Mill would argue. So does Veronica represent the successes of Mill’s arguments in society today? Has our modern day culture accomplished all that Mill had hoped for?
While there are definitely still some areas where equality between sexes can be worked on, I think that Mill would be happy with the advancements that society has made. Additionally, while many people today feel that feminism has a negative connotation, maybe because of the implied gender roles society has engraved in our minds, Veronica Mars represents a feminist of positive connotation as well as that little bit of hope that gender roles are in fact capable of changing.