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Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies

Posted March 24, 2011 to photo album "Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies"

Hanna may be a teenage girl, but she’s also a take-no-prisoners assassin. The news is she’s not alone in popular culture.

Hanna, and the History of Kick Ass Heroines
Alien and the Start of the Violent Female Action Character
Queen Christina: A Solider for Peace
Wonder Woman to the Rescue
Gun Crazy: a Girl and a Gun
Bat Woman, and Equal Rights for Superheroes
Nancy Drew, the Case of the Girl Detective
Supergirl, a New Super Model
Modesty Blaise, the British Bum-kicker
Coffy: Kick Ass Goes Ghetto
Carrie: Telekinetic Kick Ass Power
Terminator’s Mom
Xena: The Reigning Warrior Princess
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass at the Same Time
Lara Croft, From Game to Screen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Kick Ass Poetry
Kill Bill: New Icons or Gender Stereotypes?
The Girl Who…Wanted to Shake Things Up
Hanna, A Creative Response
Kill Bill: New Icons or Gender Stereotypes?

Kill Bill: New Icons or Gender Stereotypes?

The battle-dances of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon left their lasting imprint on how fight scenes are choreographed. In Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004), Quentin Tarantino borrowed the stylized fights of Crouching Tiger and melded it to the over-the-top action sequences of super-hero camp and over-the-top manga violence, while throwing into the mix beautiful women who are out for each other’s blood. Some feminists, will say, perhaps understandably, that the creation of kick-ass heroines presents an illusion to society that gender roles have changed. Katy Gilpatric, in her study, “Violent Female Action Characters [VFAC] in Contemporary American Cinema,” notes, “The average VFAC was young, white, highly educated, and unmarried. VFACs engaged in masculine types of violence yet retained feminine stereotypes due to their submissive role and romantic involvement with a dominant male hero character. The findings suggest continued gender stereotypes set within a violent framework of contemporary American Cinema.”