Chapter 6: Punishing Unfaithful Wives and Working Mothers: Messages of Postfeminism in Contemporary Film

by Erika M. Thomas

In the backlash against the cultural victories of feminism, the “bad women” characters in Fatal Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, and Unfaithful are punished for their work ambitions and extramarital passions.

Unfaithful, Devil Wears Prada, and Fatal Attraction
(left to right) Unfaithful (courtesy of Fox 2000 Pictures), The Devil Wears Prada (courtesy of Fox 2000 Pictures), and Fatal Attraction (courtesy of Paramount Pictures)


Unfaithful at IMDB
The Devil Wears Prada at IMDB
Fatal Attraction at IMDB