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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.
Alien and the Start of the Violent Female Action Character
By some accounts, 1979 saw the cinematic birth of the original violent fem: Warrant Officer Ripley (the 29-year-old Sigourney Weaver) who made her screen debut in Ridley Scott’s Alien. In her 2010 study, “Violent Female Action Characters in Contemporary American Cinema,” Katy Gilpatric, writes: “Lt. Ripley paved the way for a new type of female representation in American popular culture. A sea change in filmic representations of female action characters occurred after the success of Alien.” “Why don’t you just fuck off,” Ripley says to her ship mate. And as she smashes her spaceship’s computer monitor, she screams: “You bitch!” All of which leads up to a battle to the death with the acid-blooded alien.