Promising Young Woman: A Feminist Thriller

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: January 14, 2021  

Not a day goes by without a sexual assault case being exposed on twitter. Just check the #Usikimye hashtag. In the age of #Metoo, (a social movement against sexual abuse and sexual harassment where people publicize allegations of sex crimes) many women have gained the strength to go after predators and seek justice. 

In Promising Young Woman, our heroine Cassie,  (Carey Mulligan) is on a mission to dismantle rape culture one predator at a time.  Cassie is to feminists what Batman is to Gotham. She is brilliant, vengeful and in control. 

Her brand of vigilante justice may come across as thrilling, but sometimes, it does feel like she is purposely seeking dangerous situations; not a good idea for young feminists who should be cautioned against adventurism.

The movie highlights the toxic, sexist culture that allows sexual assault to go relatively unchecked. Remember the Jazz Odongo case right here at home? Cassie lures her perpetrators (who play victims) to traps they think they set up for her. Little do they know, they’re dealing with a feminist vigilante.

The movie has received rave reviews with a rating of 92% on Rotten tomatoes and critic’s consensus that reads, ‘A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell — and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.’

Promising young woman has both cringey and funny moments. It’s not just a scorching feminist commentary, there are some giggles in there too. The underlying message is women don’t “ask for it” and we no longer live in the age of silence. We will fight back. 

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About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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