ResponseSociety constructs gender roles as a result of an unequal distribution of power within gender. The media is a major influence in the constructed values and attitudes that are present within society, it perpetuates the stereotypical images of expected gender behaviour. Within a patriarchal society gender assumptions create an imbalance of power between males and females; representing the males as the more powerful, stable and leading capable gender and the women as ineffectual, too emotional and without strong leadership qualities the result is that at times, women have no voice. The 1991 film Thelma and Louise directed by Ridley Scott challenge the rigid societal constructs of gender roles and follows the journey of empowerment of Thelma and Louise.
It is evident in scene 28 of Thelma and Louise that the idea of the stereotyped gender roles has been challenged. Prior to this scene Thelma and Louise have been on the run from the law after the attempted rape with Thelma due to the fact that they feel as if they cannot seek help or protection, they believe that the authorities will not believe or understand their female point of view about the rape situation and will have a bias with the males side.
In this scene the policeman pulls Thelma and louise over in their car. As soon as he does this it shows the instant assumed power with the law, as they have to pull over. They have fear of the law, at first the women are uncertain and not collected. Mis en scene is created to show that the policeman is calm, collected and within the scene is showed in his car correcting his hat, sitting next to a large shotgun which has connotation of power. He then gets out of the car and approaches the women,