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Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture addresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. Jeffrey A. Brown discusses this immensely popular character type as an example of, and challenge to, existing theories about gender as a performance ident Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture addresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. Jeffrey A. Brown discusses this immensely popular character type as an example of, and challenge to, existing theories about gender as a performance identity. Her assumption of heroic masculine traits combined with her sexualized physical depiction demonstrates the ambiguous nature of traditional gender expectations and indicates a growing awareness of more aggressive and violent roles for women. The excessive sexual fetishism of action heroines is a central theme throughout. The topic is analyzed as an insight into the transgressive image of the dominatrix, as a refection of the shift in popular feminism from second-wave politics to third-wave and post-feminist pleasures, and as a form of patriarchal backlash that facilitates a masculine fantasy of controlling strong female characters. Brown interprets the action heroine as a representation of changing gender dynamics that balances the sexual objectification of women with progressive models of female strength. While the primary focus of this study is the action heroine as represented in Hollywood film and television, the book also includes the action heroine's emergence in contemporary popular literature, comic books, cartoons, and video games.


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Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture addresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. Jeffrey A. Brown discusses this immensely popular character type as an example of, and challenge to, existing theories about gender as a performance ident Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture addresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. Jeffrey A. Brown discusses this immensely popular character type as an example of, and challenge to, existing theories about gender as a performance identity. Her assumption of heroic masculine traits combined with her sexualized physical depiction demonstrates the ambiguous nature of traditional gender expectations and indicates a growing awareness of more aggressive and violent roles for women. The excessive sexual fetishism of action heroines is a central theme throughout. The topic is analyzed as an insight into the transgressive image of the dominatrix, as a refection of the shift in popular feminism from second-wave politics to third-wave and post-feminist pleasures, and as a form of patriarchal backlash that facilitates a masculine fantasy of controlling strong female characters. Brown interprets the action heroine as a representation of changing gender dynamics that balances the sexual objectification of women with progressive models of female strength. While the primary focus of this study is the action heroine as represented in Hollywood film and television, the book also includes the action heroine's emergence in contemporary popular literature, comic books, cartoons, and video games.

49 review for Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Prado

    a little bit outdated (the book examines pop culture until 2007, and i didnt get that that was a long time ago until i remembered we're now in... 2017......), so the actual superheroine landscape is already a bit different than what is described here, but this is a great analysis of how we got to today's superheroines/"strong female character" market. a little bit outdated (the book examines pop culture until 2007, and i didnt get that that was a long time ago until i remembered we're now in... 2017......), so the actual superheroine landscape is already a bit different than what is described here, but this is a great analysis of how we got to today's superheroines/"strong female character" market.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crimson

    This book was great. Explaining about action heroines, their origins, why popular culture is the way it is when it comes to these figures, and discussion of the future are all great. I think the author nailed this, even if it did come out in 2010. It's a bit dated in terms of the future, but I think it does help explain a lot of past television and movie success. This book was great. Explaining about action heroines, their origins, why popular culture is the way it is when it comes to these figures, and discussion of the future are all great. I think the author nailed this, even if it did come out in 2010. It's a bit dated in terms of the future, but I think it does help explain a lot of past television and movie success.

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