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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.

Hanna, and the History of Kick Ass Heroines
Alien and the Start of the Violent Female Action Character
Queen Christina: A Solider for Peace
Wonder Woman to the Rescue
Gun Crazy: a Girl and a Gun
Bat Woman, and Equal Rights for Superheroes
Nancy Drew, the Case of the Girl Detective
Supergirl, a New Super Model
Modesty Blaise, the British Bum-kicker
Coffy: Kick Ass Goes Ghetto
Carrie: Telekinetic Kick Ass Power
Terminator’s Mom
Xena: The Reigning Warrior Princess
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass at the Same Time
Lara Croft, From Game to Screen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Kick Ass Poetry
Kill Bill: New Icons or Gender Stereotypes?
The Girl Who…Wanted to Shake Things Up
Hanna, A Creative Response
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass at the Same Time

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass at the Same Time

Joss Whedon, creator Buffy the Vampire Slayer, credits Xena with blazing the trail for the TV series (1997-2003). Whedon wrote the original script for the 1992 film, which met mixed reviews and which he hated. Only later, when the character reemerged on the Sarah Michelle Gellar TV series that “Buffy” became an icon. Buffy Summers, a high school student, is called to be a “slayer,” a female killer of vampires and other hellish creatures. Whedon said, “The very first mission statement of the show was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it.” According to feminist critic Anne Millard Daughtey, Buffy, as a “symbol of female empowerment,” is the star of a show that “obviously promotes female strength and power.” Buffy, she says, “kicks butt and so can we all.” Or as Whedon put it: “I wanted her [Buffy] to be a cultural phenomenon. I wanted there to be dolls, Barbie with a kung fu grip.”