As defined by philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the public sphere is as follows;
‘A domain of our social life where such a thing as public opinion can be formed [where] citizens…deal with matters of general interest without being subject to coercion… [to] express and publicise their views.’ – (Habermas, 1997)
Habermas’ concept of white-collar workers discussing public matters of general interest in what Habermas described as 18th century coffee houses has now eroded due to the evolution of technological media platforms. The media has now revolutionised Habermas’ concept, to introduce the space of the ‘mediated public sphere’. At the click of a button the public are now capable of interacting, and commenting on general issues concerning society including the ongoing social stigma of gender inequality that needs to be rectified.
The Hunger Games, I believe, is paving the way for gender equality within society with it’s revolutionary role of a female protagonist who is emotionally and physically strong. Katniss Everdeen, the heroine, provides somewhat of a role model for young women to strive towards as she is not a typical ‘damsel in distress’ character, rather a character who is by all means obtainable, unlike many other celebrity role models in a 21st century society.
Jennifer Lawrence who plays the role of Katniss Everdeen is also an advocate for gender equality and providing a healthy, realistic role model for influential young women. An example of which is on her first Oscar’s red carpet walk, Lawrence proceeded to say the following after hearing Kate Moss say ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’.
Also, Jennifer Lawrence, when given the position of the female protagonist in The Hunger Games was told to lose 10 pounds, she provided the following response;
This quote, as well as the push towards gender equality and healthy life choices provided by The Hunger Games, and Jennifer Lawrence, provide an inspirational perspective for other celebrities and producers when making films or galavanting around and club-hopping to follow, in hopes to change the way we view women in society.