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Girls with guns : understanding gender and violence in contemporary action cinema.

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dc.contributor.advisor Kendrick, James, 1974-
dc.contributor.author Roark, David E.
dc.date.copyright 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/8279
dc.description.abstract Since Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) there has been a steady trend toward movies featuring women using firepower. These films have been, for the most part, shunned by the critical community. They are regularly called sexist and/or unsophisticated. I argue that these criticisms often ignore the basic mechanisms at work within these films and how they effectively communicate positive representations of women. Through analyses of Alien, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Barb Wire (1996), Sucker Punch (2011), KickAss (2010), and La Femme Nikita (1990), I argue that, while these films include problematic elements (e.g., ideologically male women, sexualization, and women whose motivation relies on one or more males), they are also often misunderstood. Within the context of a film, these taboos can be used to criticize society’s understanding of established gender norms. Therefore, the “girls with guns” subgenre should not be seen as necessarily regressive. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Gender studies. en_US
dc.title Girls with guns : understanding gender and violence in contemporary action cinema. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Communication Studies. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Communication Studies. en_US


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