Saturday, March 19, 2011

Procrastinating with the Lecture Recap...

I'm working on it, people... honestly! The problem is, I'm also catching up on the news because I've spent the last couple of days driking dirty big pints of beer. I also confess, I just can't let go of Tuesday's post- there's a subtext to the Big Ho original that I find telling, and hilarious... reading between the lines, one cannot help but come to the conclusion that he'd rather watch Gerard Butler in a leather Speedo than Diana Rigg in a leather catsuit. Yeah, I thought the raison d'etre of the kick-ass female character (as the Avengers producers noted with the name of the character) was to provide a thrilling fantasy for male viewers (with GRRL Power being a side effect):





I dunno how Hawkins would feel, but when I watched that montage of scenes of Diana Rigg kicking dudes' asses, I sure as hell didn't feel feminized. Also, I have to note that it's safe to say that anyone who considers "feminized" to be a pejorative is a sorry excuse for a human being.

Damn damn damn, why won't any trolls stop by to comment?

Now, back to writing about the Large Hadron Collider, and the search for the Higgs boson... honest!

6 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Damn damn damn, why won't any trolls stop by to comment?

I iz here! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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vacuumslayer said...

It's weird weird weird weird weird you should bring this up today, because I was thinking about kick-butt heroines today as I standing in front of the sink doing dishes. (Good thing I was wearing socks!)

Anyway, I was just wondering if there will ever be a kick-butt heroine who is, say, plain or chunky. Or, hell, just not fabulously attractive or conforms like playdough to whatever the current silly and unrealistic beauty standards are. I don't think I'm gonna hold my breath.

I always get the feeling that the message that comes along with any attractive, proactive female character is this: "Hey, we know she's capable and competent and maybe beating men...but she's HAWT! That makes it ok, right? Right?"

Sayud-making.

Substance McGravitas said...

Anyway, I was just wondering if there will ever be a kick-butt heroine who is, say, plain or chunky. Or, hell, just not fabulously attractive or conforms like playdough to whatever the current silly and unrealistic beauty standards are. I don't think I'm gonna hold my breath.

Mystery Men! Though the bowler is pretty hot to me...

vacuumslayer said...

That's a good catch...though I would argue that Janeane Garafolo is really really really pretty. To me at least.

Hunger Tallest Palin (or whatever handle I posted under the last time) said...

Um yeah.

I don't care if you're a 12,000,000 on the Kinsey Scale. A man who feels feminized when exposed to Mrs. Peel, that man needs to see the doctor STAT. Because, Phooaaar!

A man who thinks Our Lady of the Cat Suit could cause another man to feel feminized, that man has just admitted he has No Male Friends. Because She's a Brick, Hooooouse. Also.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Anyway, I was just wondering if there will ever be a kick-butt heroine who is, say, plain or chunky.

Chunky Reese Witherspoon as superheroine?

I had an idea about a plain-Jane assassin who used her very ordinary appearance to lure her victims into a false sense of security before "WHAMMO!" This was inspired by sitting across from a very mild-seeming girl on the subway, and composing a "secret biography" for her in my head... curare knitting needles OF DOOM!!!!