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Action Chicks New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 1403963967
ISBN-13: 9781403963963
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: Xena, Buffy, Lara Croft. WWF, The Sopranos, Witchblade, La Femme Nikita. The women of pop culture are center stage and as tough as ever. Action Chicks is a groundbreaking collection high-lighting the heroines we've grown to worship-and their impact  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 293
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Xena, Buffy, Lara Croft. WWF, The Sopranos, Witchblade, La Femme Nikita. The women of pop culture are center stage and as tough as ever. Action Chicks is a groundbreaking collection high-lighting the heroines we've grown to worship-and their impact on society. What can they tell us about women in 2003? How does popular culture depict women? Do the characters escape traditional gender role expectations? Or do they adhere to sexual, racial, ethnic, and class stereotypes? The essays in Action Chicks provide fans with a new look at their favorite icons and their relationship to the popular media machine.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Boxing Gloves and Bustiers": New Images of Tough Women
Changing Images of the Female Action Hero
Lara's Lethal and Loaded Mission: Transposing Reproduction and Destruction
Gender, Sexuality, and Toughness: The Bad Girls of Action Film and Comic Books
"It's a Girl Thing": Tough Female Action Figures in the Toy Store
Embodying an Image: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in La Femme Nikita
Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Defiant Women, Decadent Men, Objects of Power, and Witchblade
The Cruelest Season: Female Heroes Snapped into Sacrificial Heroines
New Images of Toughness
No Cage Can Hold Her Rage? Gender, Transgression, and the World Wrestling Federation's Chyna
Tough Love: Mamas, Molls, and Mob Wives
"Tough Enough": Female Friendship and Heroism in Xena and Buffy
Little Miss Tough Chick of the Universe: Farscape's Inverted Sexual Dynamics
Notes on Contributors
Index

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