Ashley Nisenson ’14: “The Invisible Trap: Patriarchy and Thatcherism in Top Girls” – February 27, 2014

Published in 1982, Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” deals with a woman’s shifting role in an increasingly capitalist, Thatcherian society in Great Britain. The central protagonist in the play is Marlene, whose adoption of Thatcherian feminism roots in her adherence to a patriarchal societal ladder is fueled by the male-dominated corporate culture capitalism promotes. Through a dissection of Marlene’s relationships with her family and coworkers, as well as her internalized trauma of growing up with a neglectful father, we will see how her ruthless, often sociopathic brand of feminism does nothing to empower and unite women, but rather perpetuates the preexisting gender inequalities present throughout history.

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