Spice World: the feminist movie? When girl power hit the the big screen

It ditched male charmers and knocked the Bechdel test out of the park. Two decades on, the Spice Girls’ film looks like a brilliant gateway to the F-word

I’m pretty sure that when my dad took me and my best friend to see Spice World: The Movie in 1997, it was for a quiet life rather than to make a point about female identity. Although for the record I always respected his favourite Spice Girl – Sporty – as being the thinking man’s choice. But, for all its stereotyping and campy scenarios, perhaps the trip did have more to offer an 11-year-old girl than just a fun afternoon and salted popcorn.

For one thing, I suspect it was the first film I saw that knocked the Bechdel test out of the park – it’s packed with female-centric conversations and barely touches on men, even less in a romantic context. The closest our heroes come to concerning themselves with relationships is when Emma says she wishes boys could be ordered like a pizza. Or when Geri is seen talking to an awkward bloke at a party, using the F-word itself: it was the first time I’d seen a woman I aspired to be labelling herself a feminist.

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Source: theguardian.com
Spice World: the feminist movie? When girl power hit the the big screen