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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.



May. 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Wonder Woman. Always liked her. Don't think she had to stay a virgin, but I could be off in my memory of the mythology. Linda Carter rocked in that role, but I would love to see a re-make on the big screen.

Michelle Pfiefer's Catwoman wasn't too bad. Batman seemed to like her, and if they'd had the chance, I am pretty sure he woulda banged her. She would have hurt him AND made him like it.

In a literary sense, the "being alone" and "being misunderstood" is actually part of the hero's journey, regardless of sex. Usually the hero picks up some people along the way that "get" him/her, some that fall in love with them, and others that don't get it, but come along for the ride because they feel the need/desire.

I'm sure if you give me enough time, I can find some references for you...