Came across this compelling visual essay by a sociology student that critiques the hollywood female action hero by triangulating it with Susan Faludi’s feminist ideas and Paul Willis’ cultural theory. It’s fairly long so you might want to have your dinner ready in front of you before you press play. Something that I would be interested in seeing would be a similarly comprehensive analysis of the hyper-masculinity of male heroes in film and media, which is just as damaging to gender equality. You can’t really have Disney Princesses without your Disney Princes.
By the way: this nub contains full frontal nudity. I like the video but in terms of the idea itself, it’s not really saying much more than “women are becoming more like men and men are becoming more like women” – something that I don’t think is really that new. But at the same time, it is not a mainstream idea or something that is seen as particularly acceptable to most, so I think it is a nub in so far as it does challenge current gender regimentation/stereotypes/roles.