No, ‘The Crown’ isn’t about feminism. It doesn’t have to be.

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The Crown is not about an early feminist icon. Despite what you may have read about the Netflix original, Queen Elizabeth II’s character is more motivated to follow rules enforced by men than advocate for herself or women’s rights.

Others, Mashable included, have suggested that because Elizabeth takes her role seriously and consequently sidesteps her husband’s wishes, The Crown is a proto-feminist tale. But, in the show’s first season, she does these things reluctantly, as if her hands are tied. She would rather have been a dutiful wife and mother as her husband continues his naval career, than head of state.  Read more…

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‘The Crown’ is a low-key guide to outfoxing the men in your way

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LONDON — It’s easy to dismiss Netflix’s new series The Crown as just another period drama to fill the gaping hole left behind by Downton Abbey. But, look beyond the opulent costumes and posh accents and you’ll see another story — one about the triumph of female strength in a world powered by men. 

On 6 February 1952, a 25-year-old woman became queen of a realm ruled by men. That woman was Queen Elizabeth II. And that day heralded the beginning of a new Elizabethan age

The grieving daughter of a beloved king had just inherited a post that hadn’t been occupied by a woman for just over half a century. And, world leadership was no less patriarchal than it had been when the last female monarch, Queen Victoria, died in 1901

While many might see a woman thrust into the apex of power by a position gained through heredity — and not via a democratic process — as the antithesis of a feminist icon, The Crown Read more…

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