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The last action heroine: Why tough actions don’t always equal strong women | Film | For Our Consideration | The A.V. Club

May 25, 2011
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I’m still looking for strong females in fiction. Here’s an article that points out that while we have seen a bunch of movies recently with female action heroines, they aren’t really the women we are looking for:

The last action heroine: Why tough actions don’t always equal strong women | Film | For Our Consideration | The A.V. Club. By Alison Willmore

Are we in a new age of girls with guns (and samurai swords, and bows and arrows)? A few weeks ago, The New York Times’ chief critics, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis, looked over a recent cinematic landscape that includes Sucker Punch, Hanna, Super, Let Me In, Salt, Kick-Ass, and Dragon Tattoo adaptations past and anticipated, and wondered whether this rise in violent femmes signaled “empowerment or exploitation? Feminism or fetishism?”

I’d lean toward “E: None of the above.”

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