Posted on October 26 2017 || By Soroya Cunningham
Tomorrow is the highly anticipated release of Stranger Things Season Two - and many of us at Feminist Apparel are here for it! This '80s based Sci-Fi extravaganza has been quiet controversial in the feminist sphere, but even considering the critiques - we love it and have been getting hype discussing it in the office all week! When it comes down to it, we appreciate how the show communicates an ideal sense of a community as we watch the characters join together to take on a problem that is much larger than themselves as individuals. Even though Stranger Things can be considered "unrealistic" thanks to its splash of Sci-Fi, we find that we've grown attached as we relate to the emotional ups-and-downs of each character.
We could go on and on with all the love we have for the entire cast of Stranger Things but when we get down to it - our kick ass crushes of the show are Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Joyce (Winona Ryder). Eleven, a young girl who has just escaped an experimental institution, crosses paths with Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and his friends on a mission to find a missing friend, Will. Though she is struggling with an identity crisis brought on by being held captive, Eleven remains strong and in touch with her powers to stand up and protect what she loves and believes in. Joyce, Will's mother, is portrayed as a distressed grieving character throughout the entire first season; and yet, in my eyes, Joyce is a very vigilant character. Even though other characters in the show dismiss her as crazy and overtaken by her emotions, which is a common way to belittle women, we love the fact that she holds strong on her belief that her son is still alive. Plus, her nurturing nature towards Eleven is heart-warming.
We also like that the show focuses more so on the opinions of women and children than any male leads; which is rare being that much of our pop culture reinforces patriarchial dynamics as they center most of our stories on adult male "heroes." When it comes down to it Stranger Things is not perfect but it is damn sure worth the watch! Since we have no doubt that Season Two will live up to the hype, we decided to geek out a bit and show our love with a few new designs championing all the Stranger Things!
Happy Binge Watching!