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inside Jurassic Park’s Visitor’s Center, the former capital of Hammond’s empire; this image represents Isla Nublar’s transition from a patriarchal society to a feminized nation-state. Conclusion Girl power, a phrase popularized by British pop group the Spice Girls in the mid-1990s, is linked to third-wave feminism, promoting female empowerment and independence (Taft 69). Although Sattler and Lex both demonstrate girl power throughout the film, Jurassic Park’s girl power is most prominently demonstrated through its dinosaurs. Ultimately, Jurassic Park functions as an early cinematic text in third-wave feminism, with its dinosaur population serving as a collective metaphor for femininity. In the film, Jurassic Park’s administration is entirely male; contrastingly, each of the park’s confined dinosaurs is deliberately engineered to be female. Resultantly, Jurassic Park can be viewed as a patriarchal society whose economy is founded on the monetization of femininity, with the park’s dinosaurs serving as second-class citizens. The narrative of Jurassic Park, when interpreted as a feminist text, alludes to and challenges the hegemonic gender roles embedded in modern society. Halfway through the film, after the Tyrannosaurus fails to appear during the initial tour of the park, Malcolm, still disapproving of Hammond’s absence of bioethics, laments: “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” Sattler humorously responds, “Dinosaurs eat man…woman inherits the Earth.” However, as the entirety of Jurassic Park’s dinosaur population is female, it is arguable that in the context of Sattler’s quote, the dinosaurs are women, and are set to reclaim their natural inheritance, i.e. sexual equality. Works Cited Altman, Rick. “A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre.” Cinema Journal, vol. 23, no. 3, 1984, pp. 6 – 18. Bayne, Emma. “Womb envy: The cause of misogyny and even male achievement?” Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 34, vol. 2, 2011, pp. 151 – 160. Beukeboom, Leo W., and Nicholas Perrin. The Evolution of Sex Determination. Oxford University Press, 2014. 79