What is the feminist perspective of "Girl"?

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"Girl" highlights the ways in which the nuclear family functions to pass down gender roles to children. Framed as a mother giving advise to her daughter, we see the way in which the mother is trying to convince/coerce her daughter into being a specific type of woman (one who cleans, is focused on the needs of men, follows a traditional kind of sexual morality, etc.) whether or not her daughter wants to be that kind of woman.

From a feminist perspective, we can say that this shows the way in which gender roles, tradition, and the power structure of the family all function to suppress individuality and set women up to be subservient to men. The mother talks as if the daughter will be unable to live a good/happy life if she doesn't take on these roles, ignoring the myriad of ways people resist traditional approaches to gender and sexuality and carve out ways of living that allow them to be more free and happy by prioritizing what they actually want rather than what society tries to...

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