Mrs. Lovett… Feminist or Not?

If you have not seen Sweeney Todd, stop reading now. Spoilers are going to squirt out of me like fake blood out of a Tim Burton movie.

And for those of you who have….

Even though Mrs. Lovett is completely discombobulated, thinking murder and cannibalism are valid ways of doing business, she is a strong woman. And though I don’t necessarily recommend using her as a role model (scratch that, please do not use her as a role model), I do think she’s rather magnificent. So here is my list of why Mrs. Lovett is one badass chick:

  1. She’s clever and resourceful. Once Todd decides he’s going to murder a whole bunch of people, Mrs. Lovett finds the perfect out—using the bodies as filling for her delicious meat pies. It’s clean, economical, practical, and appropriate. Feed the low class, get rid of the bad guys. A win-win for everyone, really. (Well, except everyone else. This blog does not support cannibalism. Most likely. It’s good to keep your options open.)
  2. She runs her own business, a thriving one at that by the end, all pretty much on her own. Building up her shop from the worst pies in London to a packed full house takes both skill and strength. And cunning. Definitely cunning. 
  3. She’s an equal partner with Todd. Yes, she is in just as deep as him, in terms of responsibility and power. Even though she’s not slitting throats, she’s still slicing and dicing just the same. Equal power, equal responsibility.
  4. She pushes boundaries of society in order to gleam some sort of equality. For once, the upper class is feeding the lower class, instead of the other way around.