‘Gilmore Girls’ Is Sneakily Feminist — Here’s Why

by Erika W. Smith

We’ve got quite a few Gilmore Girls fanatics here in the BUST office, and, like so many of you, we’re eagerly awaiting the upcoming reboot. And many of the reasons we love Gilmore Girls have to do with feminism — although the show has its flaws (remember when the show implied that Paris didn’t get into Harvard because she had sex?), it passes the Bechdel test with flying colors and features complex, three-dimensional female characters.

Lauren Graham, aka Lorelai Gilmore, voiced the same opinion in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that [Rory and Lorelai’s] main strength, even if they believe in true love, is that they have themselves and they have each other,” she said.

“The show is sneakily feminist in that it’s always been great for them to have love, but they’re also okay when they don’t. That self-sufficiency is the first strength and that allows them to have these relationships. It’s why we sometimes bristle at: What team are you on?! It’s like: It doesn’t matter. Rory’s going to be great no matter what. And I think that’s an underlying message of the show, too.”

Alexis Bledel, aka Rory Gilmore, also said that she’s personally way more interested in what Rory’s been up to career-wise since covering the Obama campaign in season 7 than who she’s dating.

“I didn’t even think about it!” she said. “I was wondering what [Rory] had accomplished in her career. I wanted there to be a payoff after all her hard work. She set so many goals and had been so ambitious academically. That’s what I wanted to know.”

With every interview, we’re more and more excited for the new Gilmore Girls! Let’s hope it lives up to all our expectations and more.

Top photo: Gilmore Girls

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