How the Female-Focused ‘The Favourite’ Subverts Genre Roles, From Costumes to Cake

Both Sarah and Abigail acknowledged the limits of their time but transgressed their expected roles in order to determine the course of their own lives. Limited by their gender, they were not unaware of the disparate distributions of power. But rather than exist in a constant state of open rebellion, they sought instead to bring those functions into the realms of their own influence, bending the stifling expectations of the time to their own favour.