Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada

Been waiting and waiting for this movie to hit the Bahrain theatres and, FINALLY, it arrived.

We went the first day of Eid to see it and I was so glad that it was as good as I had hoped. For one, I LOVE Meryl Streep's acting in it and hope she wins an Oscar for her performance - she was THAT good. This woman really knows how to play bitchy.... but you know, there was something about her that touched my heart. Maybe because I've worked w/ women like this and even a guy, so I find the personality a little bit endearing. Yeah, call me crazy... but I understand it.

All the characters were great. I really liked the asst. Emily. I think her attitude combined w/ her British accent and way of behaving made her acting great and she made me laugh. Anne Hathaway was great in her role and it makes me wonder what will happen w/ her career. She's a good actress, so I'm hoping she'll get some substantial roles from this.... altho, her work was nothing in comparison to Meryl Streep, but who can compare to this woman!

It all made me think about my past jobs w/ ppl like this. Women who were super in their jobs and expected nothing less than perfection. They demanded everything from you, but gave very little. You were expected to remember everything, go 100 mph w/out a break, be on call at all hours of the day and night, and be totally dedicated to your job. Oh yeah... your personal life was unimportant, unless it was in direct relation to what you were doing on the job or for the job after working hours.

Funny how women can be called bitches and worse when they are powerful and have a bit of an attitude, and are looked at negatively for what they strive for and obtain, but when it's a man in the same type of position or in any position for that matter, they are looked at in a positive way and are admired for their determination and abilities to do well on the job. But you know... w/ so many obstacles in our way, it's no wonder that we've had to take on bitchy attitudes to get what we want out of life. No man will hand anything to you, so, in order to succeed, we have to work harder and push the envelope in a way that many men can not understand.... just so that we can make a difference, be heard, have a voice and rise above that glass ceiling.

Many think that it's easier for women nowadays, but is it? Do we all have to take on attitudes like Meryl Streep's character in this movie in order to succeed? Will men take us seriously if we don't? Sometimes I think it's a no-win situation. We are damned if we do and damned if we don't. I, for one, applaud women like this, women with an attitude, women who aren't afraid to grab the job by the balls and run w/ it!!!! :)

Happy day to you.


still breathing said...

Do we all have to take on attitudes like Meryl Streep's character in this movie in order to succeed?

its according to how u define success.
stay-at-home moms can consider themselves successful once they achieve their goal (whatever it is)

see what i mean?

tooners said...

well, i think a lot of credit should go to stay-at-home moms. personally, i think that it's crutial to spend the first few years w/ your child, but a LOT of women in this part of the world don't do that. i, for one, would like to be a stay-at-home mom when that time comes and think the success would come in spending that quality and much needed time w/ a child. i think raising a good child and one that is loved is a really good goal to have....

so, yes, i do agree w/ you completely. it all depends on what the goal is and how one measures success. i don't think one has to necessarily be in the workplace to have success... altho in this particular post, that's what i was referring to. glad you got my thinking on another track! :)

Olivia said...

Sometimes women can be the hardest people to work for. This is why I am surprised that my current boss is so human and realises that I am not clockwork.

But I never thought of it as you say, that the hard professional women have to take a hard stance and not budge, simply because it is so much harder for them to attain and retain the positions they gain.

Olivia said...

Gosh...I used the word "hard" too many times!

One Wink at a Time said...

I read the book when it first came out and loved it to pieces. Will definitely see the movie. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite actresses...

One Wink at a Time said...

On a funny note... I'm listening to Sobashiya Abazale from the Amandala Group while I'm writing this. It's kind of an African chant and this little animated figure (still breathing) is trudging along right in time with the beat. It's way cool!!!

gazza27 said...

I've got a jarg copy of the film and i'll watch it soon,i heard our cath watching it and the opening song "suddenly i see" is one of my fave's so im looking forward to it. P.S. why do you write with as w/,i've never seen this b4.

tooners said...

gazza27, i learned the w/ a long time ago in the corporate world of Arthur Andersen and it just sorta stuck w/ me. i do it and don't even think about it. when i first starting posting this blog, i wondered if ppl would know what it was. you are the first person to say something about it. i'd be interested to see, if you started using it, if you got attached to it like i have or if i'm the only freak! ;)

olivia, yes, women, i think, can be the hardest to work for. i once worked for this one woman that i swore would send me to an early grave and i didn't like her at all, but later came to respect her for all that she had accomplished - later when i left and went on to work for other women. most every woman that i've worked for has been this way, and i think, especially in the u.s., you are sorta bred to do this or behave this way because at some points it's a struggle to survive when you're up against the men.

Olivia at Work said...

Yes, as I grew up so long in the US I was brought up to believe I could do anything. I knew for a fact that my childhood friends over here in the UK had gone into drama or dancing or teaching and that corporate Britain is still the preserve of the good old boys, but when I came back with my American optimism, I was STILL surprised.

To be back in it for be struggling for a job that I day I was walking into an office temp job behind a man with a briefcase and came to the crashing realisation that at least over here, it is still a man's world.

Yes, women in the US struggle to keep their positions, but at least they have more opportunity to try for them in the first place.

I'm not saying no UK corp has females in top positions, well, they are more likely to be in a government office actually.