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May 30th, 2004

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hey guys!
I'm doing a zine about 'violent chicks in action flicks', and was wondering if you could help. I made this questionaire to gauge the opinions of the feminist community in general, and it would really help me if you could fill it out...just copy and paste the following questionnaire and reply to this message.
Thanks everyone!
love aideen xox
apologies for major major cross posting…
1. What do you think of action movies in general?
Good? Bad? Indifferent? Why? If you don't like them, what is your favourite film
genre and why? What do you think of the violence aspect of these films?

2.What is behind the increase in the number of women in action films?
In recent years there has undoubtedly been an increase in the number of women in action movies, particularly in mainstream cinema. Whereas once there was only Alien, Terminator and, erm, Tank Girl, we now have Charlies Angels, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, Tomb Raider, Kill Bill and loads more. Some
people see this as a sign that women are gaining more equality, others think that it has a lot to do with economics and marketing. In your opinion, what is the reason for this increase?

3.What about the feminist implications of this?
Do you feel that there's anything particularly feminist about women kicking butt on the big screen? How do you feel about these films in general (i.e. films with female action heroines)? How should we, as feminists, treat them?

4.Favourite female action heroine?
Who is your favourite female action heroine and why? Does she embody any characteristics which are particularly feminist? Is she a good role model?

5.Do you think seeing images of violent women can do anything to counteract violence against women?

6.Worst female action film and why?

7.Trinity (The Matrix)or Thelma Dickinson (Thelma and Louise)?
Who's the coolest?

8.Role models...
Do you feel that action films in general provide good role models for men, or do they just give society negative assumptions about masculinity? How about for women? What are the best non-violent role models, both male and female (and why)?

9.Best self defence tip?

10.Roughly what age are you?
I know this might sound irrelevant, and I also don't like stereotyping people by their age. Just bear with me and answer honestly. I'd like to compare results.
You can be vague if you like eg. teens, 20s, 30s etc

11.Are you a feminist?
If so, for how long?

12.Any final thoughts?
Is there anything I've left out? Anything you wish to add? Would you write an article for me? Please? Be your best friend?

(I'll add this last question in in keeping with the theme of the community: 13. What if...Go Go Yubari (Kill Bill) was swinging her crazy ball thingy at you? You don't have to answer this...)

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Date:May 31st, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
1. Action movies are like all genres, good if they have good writing, acting, and production values, and bad if they don't. I tend to like action movies, because they often intersect with sci-fi movies, my genre of choice.

2. I think both equality and marketing have influenced the increase in females in action movies. I don't think it's a question of either-or.

3. One of the main arguments against women participating in certain jobs and activities in the past is that women typically possess unequal physical stamina and strength compared to males. In light of this, how can a female kicking butt on screen be a bad thing?

4. My favourite female action hero is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for many reasons. Firstly, no typically female mental super powers (eg, empathy, telepathy). Secondly, no male hero that she's in love with. Buffy is THE hero. She is *the man*, except she's the woman. Thirdly, she kicks butt without a lot of weapons, mainly hand to hand combat, save a stake or an occasional crossbow. She's a good role model in the sense that she does her thing and does it well. But enough about Buffy...

5. Possibly. Seeing violent women, or seeing women who can be physically strong and combative might help deter the image that women are physically fragile and demure, and might provoke some women to learn how to defend themselves physically. Both could lead to a decrease in violence against women.

6. Nothing comes immediately to mind, but anything with the focus on the outrageously tight/skimpy outfit.

7. Both cool. I haven't seen Thelma and Louise in a long time, so I'll call it a tie.

8. Action films give everyone the assumption that the only way to combat problems is through violence and overall they tend to glorify violence. This is negative for everyone. There are a lot of non-violent role models out there, and plenty of non-violent movie characters.

9. Best self-defense tip: Try not to piss people off. Be aware. If you don't know how to defend yourself, run! I've never been in a position where I had to defend myself. They are entirely avoidable.

10. 24

11. I'm a feminist in the sense that people should be allowed to do whatever they please, as long as it doesn't hurt other people. I've thought this way for as long as I can remember.

12. Err...that's about it.

13. I'd run. I know when I'm outmatched. I don't have crazy martial arts skills.
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Date:August 3rd, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, I did a project on this particular topic for an anthropolgy class this past term, so I actually have a lot to say on the subject. I had focused especially on Super-Chicks withing the different races. Sure, I'd be happy to write an article for you. Any requirements I should know about before I do? Length, language, source citing, etc?

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