Women Depicted as Shallow or Superficial

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Conservative Trope Examples

  • The Way Way Back (2013)
    The girls are depicted as vapid and superficial, and there is a scene on the beach where Steph tells her boyfriend Chad that she wants to go in the water, and he responds angrily to then go because, apparently, she is very dependent on him.
  • Mary (Sandra Bullock) runs upstairs and changes out of her outfit and into a very revealing top, short skirt, bright red boots, and a pair of "spectacular skivvies" to impress her blind date Steve after seeing him for the first time.
  • I Love You Man (2009)
    Zooey's (Rashida Jones) friend tells the girls she isn't worried about her husband cheating on her because "he's 40 pounds overweight with a Jewfrow and a small d*ck." She continues "look, I love the guy to death, but I'm far and away the best-looking woman he's ever going to get, and I'm only a 7" after she was asked about being worried that he would ever cheat on her since he's away with his friends a lot.
  • Talladega Nights (2006)
    Ricky Bobby's wife Carley tells him "I'm a driver's wife. I don't work" to explain why she's leaving him and marrying his best friend Cal (John C. Reilly) after he gets injured and can no longer drive.
    Staff Aside
    This is clearly a comedy and played for laughs, but that is the point. The trope that some women are only with their husbands because of money is so ingrained in our culture that we can joke about it with nobody batting an eye.
  • Three girls in a hot tub at their high school graduation party have a conversation about being popular. In a stereotypical vapid tone, one says "I hope we are just as popular in college as we are in high school" which is followed by "we will be" and "I know."
  • Anger Management (2003)
    Stacy (Krista Allen) and Gina (January Jones) get into heated debates over how large they prefer a man's package to be because Stacy likes them "big" and Gina likes them "enormous."
  • Serving Sara (2002)
    Sara loses her pants in an airport luggage conveyor belt accident and looks to find a replacement pair going through the luggage. She instead comes out with an entirely new outfit which is much more revealing and the punchline in the next scene is that she had to rummage through 20+ bags strewn everywhere until she found something she liked.
    Staff Aside
    It's funny. Why is it funny? Because it is a stereotype that women are high maintenance when it comes to clothes. And so she couldn't just pick something quick and practical. She had to go through multiple suitcases until she found something that "fit."
  • Clueless (1995)
    Cher (Alicia Silverstone) gets mugged at gunpoint in a seedy part of town and protests when the robber forces her to lie down on the ground because she's wearing "like a totally important designer!"
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) | Women Overly Concerned with Apparel
    Connie responds with, "Did ya ever see a woman miss a shoe sale?" when detective Joe says, "Who the hell would wanna blow up a department store?"
  • Mia (Uma Thurman) heads to the women's bathroom to "powder [her] nose" and inside the bathroom there are multiple women standing in front of the mirror combing their hair and putting on makeup, with one woman worrying that she "needs some hairspray."