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screw you, Stan Lee

Saw Iron Man tonight. I really liked it as a movie, seriously. Except for the same reason I hate most movies.

Where is a female role I can sink my teeth into? Ok, so I get that Stan Lee likes redheads. But why do his women stand around, long-suffering, and wring their hands, helpless? I could scream. The last woman I liked was Julie Newmar's Catwoman -- and even then, she pissed me off.

Why is it that strong women throughout history either are considered ball-busting bitches, or end up somehow horribly humiliated, or have to stay virgins all their lives, or are treated like they're stupid or crazy or ineffective? Oh fuck that. Where are my role models? Where are my conquerors? Do I have to be the first? Goddammit.

The only character I actually identified with was the government agent. Now there's a dude I liked. Yeah, just like me -- everybody underestimates us until you need us to save your fucking ass at the last minute, calmly and without the fucking drama, and please notice we blew just as much shit to hell with what we had in our pocketsess, yes....

Please feel free to list decent female characters throughout history who get ranked up there with the men. Oh, do I hear crickets? Seriously, I'll take fictional, too. Still crickets? Yeah, I thought so.

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tedeisenstein
May. 22nd, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love? Not a virgin by the time she got married, not a ball-buster, neither stupid nor crazy, possibly ineffective but no more so than any of the male characters - and it might be said she was quite effective in that she got Shakespeare to write Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter Juliet and inspired him to write his next great hit.

(It's on my mind since a houseguest watched it all of three days ago.....)