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    Why Bridget Jones Is Problematic? Toxic Femininity Explained

    Alright girls, so time to talk about Bridget Jones again—a blast from the past that’s now more cringe-worthy than endearing. Remember that relatable, imperfect heroine we once loved? Well, it’s time to dissect why she doesn’t quite fit into 2024’s Gen Z-proof narrative of empowerment and healthy relationships.

    Once a luck of the draw heroine is now the scrutinized canceled queen because of her problematic undertones. Back in the day, Bridget was a poster princess but fast-forwarding two decades, her story is not as inspiring as it was being labeled as. So strap in for a ride through the problematic pitfalls of Bridget’s world, we’re picking her apart as gently as possible by the 2024 standard.

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    The Weight Of ‘Weight’ In The Movie

    Bridget Jones
    Bridget Jones

    Bridget’s diary opens with a glaring focus on her weight as if the key to her happiness is shedding those pounds. Because, you know, thinness equals everything, right? That’s so 2001 but unfortunately, so is the movie. Still, even back in that day, it wasn’t right to put such standards on display as normalcy just to attract a relatable audience. The movie’s obsession with Bridget’s weight reinforces damaging stereotypes—suggesting that unless you’re a size zero, you’re not worthy of love or happiness. Bravo to Hollywood, for perpetuating this nonsense but again, it was the decade of 000s.

    And let’s not forget the comedic undertones, because nothing says ‘fun’ like equating self-worth with a number on the scale. Bridget’s journey to self-acceptance is drowned out by society’s fixation with her appearance. What a great message for impressionable audiences—because who needs confidence when you can count calories? We do not need a weight-obsessed main character in 2024, not after Taylor Swift herself having to remove the shot of a weighing scale calling herself fat.  

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    Romanticized Wrong Romances

    Bridget Jones
    Bridget Jones

    Ah, romance or should we say, the romantic mess —the bread and butter of Bridget Jones’s problematic saga. Daniel Cleaver’s sleazy antics? Just playful banter by the critics of the 2000s, apparently. Forget consent and workplace boundaries—let’s make sexual harassment seem cute. And Mark Darcy? If Gen Z gets wind of this romanticized drama palpitating with misunderstandings and miscommunications to an unrealistic degree, it’s over for the new movie.

    As a part of today’s savvy and media-literate audience, we aren’t buying it. We’re tuned into discussions on consent and healthy relationships. Sorry, Bridget, but your love life doesn’t pass muster in 2024.

    Reinforcing Stereotypes

    'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' is happening. (Credit: IMDB)
    Bridget Jones

    Beyond the cringe-worthy romances, Bridget Jones reinforces tired stereotypes about femininity and success. Professional blunders played for laughs? Check. Over simplifying women’s lives to finding ‘the one’? Check. Because heaven forbid a woman values herself beyond her relationship status.

    Let’s face it, Bridget’s story is a cautionary tale on the limitations of outdated gender roles. It may be the epitome of relatability once but that was just when society let women drown in self-pity, that’s not done anymore. Look around, it’s a world of women thriving and unless there’s a drastic character development into the character for the latest installment starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant, please keep Bridget’s diary closed. Judging by the title ‘Mad About The Boy,’ I vote on it staying closed and under the mattress where no teenage girls can get their hands on it. We need characters that break the mold, not conform to tired stereotypes from the 2000s.

    Take On The New Bridget Jones Movie

    Bridget Jones
    Bridget Jones

    As we dust off Bridget Jones’s diary in 2024, it’s clear she’s a relic of a bygone era—one that valued body shaming and questionable taste in men. While the characters of this iconic movie may have resonated with audiences in the early 2000s, it’s time for a reality check. With an audience as cautious and prone to dissect as today’s, our good old, slightly obese just because her weighing machine says so Bridget is going to have a hard time charming. ‘Diary Of Bridget Jones’ has sparked vital conversations about representation, body positivity, and genuine empowerment in the past and none of them have been about it evoking them.

    Let’s challenge those entrenched norms and demand inclusive, empowering narratives in media. Bridget, it’s been real, but it’s time to rewrite the script for a future where characters are celebrated for their complexity, not their conformity.

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    Akshita Singh
    Akshita Singh
    Akshita Singh is a Senior Content Writer at First Curiosity. She has been churning out content for 2 years. She's an avid reader and writer, fascinated by the works of Sylvia Plath, Franz Kafka, and Charles Bukowski. Akshita is also a poet herself, having written two poetry books titled ‘Made By Misery’ and ‘Deathbed’. Apart from goth literature, another thing that she enjoys is the real and fictional stories of Hollywood. She loves cinema and admires all works of art, be they delivered by actors or directors. So, keeping up with celebrity life comes as basic nature to her, something she loves knowing and informing others.

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