"Wicked woman!" One hears many women being called thus for various reasons and history has shown that women who were unconventional were often branded witches because they needed a reason to blame them for unexplained phenomenons. Moreover, women are still called wicked for simply being themselves or daring to buck the conventions of femininity.
Women have also been severely criticized for asserting their independence
From the Salem witch trials to Indian women being accused of practicing black magic, many of these were women were single, widowed or simply different from the rest. Women have also been severely criticized for asserting their independence, speaking freely about religion and politics, or for even dressing differently. Also, women who chose to remain single or childless are still branded as incomplete women, bad mothers, difficult or lose. Jolie says, "It is startling how often women who run for political office in democratic countries are described as witches. Bring together a group of strong women, and before too long someone will brand them a “coven”—the technical term, to be clear, for a gathering of witches meeting at night to consort with the devil." As a woman who dons many hats, and a woman who needs no introduction, Angelina Jolie believes that the world needs more of these "wicked women".
Maleficent 2 channels freedom, and free-thinking
Donning the hats of model, actor, director, activist and so many more, she has been raising awareness of the some of the greatest issues of our time like genital mutilation, honor killings and child marriage for years. A face that has been called the most beautiful in the world, Jolie has an equally impressive mind and heart for those who don't have a voice in the world today. Her newest film Maleficent 2 channels the strength of a strong woman who refuses to follow the herd and is one who is a symbol of, independence, freedom, and free-thinking. "Wicked women' are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse. Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families. Women who won’t give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities." If this is deemed as wickedness, then we need more of these, she adds.
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