The Ugly Truth that Promising Young Woman Presents

Seeing this movie made me reflect on things that I have experienced my whole life. The toxic male culture and how some men take advantage of vulnerable situations and attempt to utilize insults, belittling, gaslighting, and bandwagoning have them move forward with life-changing events that occur to the women they come paths with. It’s a dark thriller that (spoiler alert) depicts the emotional baggage in a woman. Who experienced traumatic events in an entitled idealism that some men get conditioned to believe right in their act of traumatic fear that many women have, which shows a glimpse of this mid-movie and close towards the ending.

Cassie is a woman in a vengeful score, and as the storyline plays line is attempting to find one male soul. Would be compelled to the right thing, which is the irony of something that shows that she already meditated how things would play out in the ending of the film. She keeps a diary with a tally of encounters that she adds in each event, which has per se a hitlist of people she targets throughout the movie. Many of the men, but most of them being the women in the same trauma they faced, pretend that events never happened. Repeating the rhetoric that we have all been conditioned to believe. “You should know better not to get drunk in public,” and “She was asking for it” and “It’s just an allegation.” Which those who have tried to seek justice for the destructive behaviors and in many women. Being faced with their biggest fear, in a sense, changes someone after the event occurred. Where in the catastrophic situation, has woman feeling that they never resolved. Turning the women into prey as they become the predator in one-way shape or form. Which Cassie becomes one in the sense of putting a scare into men, having them revisit those bad decisions for one reason. Cassie talks about a “crazier woman” with scissors who does the same thing. After an attempt of being gaslighted as in the movie plays out, every predator does after they find out she’s not drunk. Using one keyword. Which is calling a woman “crazy.” Not only having a woman be the prey these days. But also men.

3_A057C017_190415_R1J8_2.2.1_C Carey Mulligan stars as Cassie in director Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Courtesy of Focus Features

Ironically enough, this paints the picture of what our society has done—having people taking advantage of someone else’s vulnerable event and preying on them. But it also shows what those predators do to convince themselves that they aren’t bad people. Because the truth is, in a string of destructive behaviors, it’s hard for those to face that truth and admit that they did wrong. But the truth is with the continued enabling of this behavior. It makes them fall into a rabbit hole of worst behaviors. Having those destructive behaviors ridding the reality of their actions in a criminalizing way that can cost everything you worked for.

After analyzing this character, what drove Cassie to engage in this action towards the very end was that truth is “Justice in a sense is never served.” As the past mistakes these victims face are gaslighted and bandwagon to believe, this is the victim’s true nature. That one drunken photo taken can close the case, and in a bandwagon attempt, make an entire jury believe that this truly is the victim’s nature. Which wrong is wrong. Someone shouldn’t have to worry about being preyed on in their most vulnerable state. But also, it makes you think twice if you are a predator, who you pray for. Because in the idealism of “in revenge, you dig two graves.” Plays out the ultimate reckoning in the end. Which my reckoning was getting passed this dark time and in sense attempting to help those find the power to fight and carry on. Which is how the “Journey of an Unraveled Road” came to realization.

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda López is the writer for Journey of an Unraveled Road who was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Through her professional career in Customer Relations and Retail Management, she has utilized her experience and interactions with the behavioral patterns, which was used to start her personal journey with Journey of A Unraveled Road as her debut novel. She has completed philosophy, psychology, and theology courses at San Antonio College as well as creative writing courses. Frieda López has been a lifelong writer since 2nd grade. A survivor of childhood trauma, childhood abuse, and domestic violence, she wrote this piece, which started this book as her personal journey; works from home in San Antonio, TX.

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