Some people seem to find that ‘western’ is

Some people seem to find that ‘western’ is the only specific theme of the film. Despite the women characters’ feminist actions, critics continue to claim The Man from Snowy River as a simple traditional western in which the men dominate and the women serve little to no purpose. For instance, one movie reviewer immediately defines it as a young cowboy film,  neglecting the involvement of women at all (Ebert). Admittedly most classic western movies have had this aspect about them. People often overlook the vitality of the female role as the men divert attention away from them. The same critic calls the movie a male action western, old-fashioned, and mostly lacking in violence (Ebert). Once again this critic, like many others, focuses on the movie being ‘male’, taking attention away from the important female roles in the film. In their defence, the traditional western was considered to revolve around men and women were secondary, if they had a role at all (Varner). So because most classic westerns are known for their dominant male roles, it can be easy to overlook the role of women in the film while simultaneously calling it a Western. As soon as a movie gets this label as a western, thoughts of feminism seems to vanish in the eyes of critics. To be sure, western and masculine seem to go hand in hand, creating a recurring theme that distinguishes western movies. In a journal article reflecting on being a cowboy, an author claims that to be a cowboy means to be a man; one who does all kinds of manly jobs involving cows and the like (Walker). So with this parallel between men and the west, women become irrelevant. In The Man from Snowy River, men and masculinity are recurring themes, and therefore the women lose all purpose they might have, other than to serve the men.In a different manner, while The Man from Snowy River is doubtless a  classic western, it is equally a traditional feminist work. Despite the lack of attention they have received, the women in the film play more important roles than simply attending to every whim of the men. A film and tv critic agrees and comments with some surprise that The Man from Snowy River does, in fact, contain a strong element of feminism even considering all of the testosterone dominating the film (Buckmaster). Of course, this does not disprove the fact that the movie is a western but, it does imply that there is more to the film that is just as noteworthy. The female endeavor for something more continuously inspires the movie, and though the women are regularly overlooked in the male privileged west, their bold, devoted representations impact and inspire history (Carmichael). Therefore, not only are women important as feminists in The Man from Snowy River but in the history of the west as well, however ironic that may be to western stereotypes. They are the beginning of the traditional feminist movement in America. They are the start of a movement. An encyclopedia on Women in Western film expounds on this notion, claiming that the westward movement can be considered a process of feminization because of the Women’s feminist influence on the frontier (Varner). The fact that western characters like Jessica in The Man from Snowy River where important and influential in both western and feminist history, make them worthy of considerably more attention than they have received. In The Man from Snowy River, the women are feminist in that they certainly do not constantly stay in the house with the sole purpose of serving the men, as in the stereotypical western.