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Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture

Jeffrey A. Brown


This book addresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. It discusses this immensely popular character type as an example of, and challenge to, existing theories about gender as a performance identity. Her assumption of heroic masculine traits combined with her sexualized physical depiction demonstrates the ambiguous nature of traditional gender expectations and indicates a growing awareness of more aggressive and violent roles for women. The excessive sexual fetishism of action heroines is a ce ... More

Keywords: action heroines, gender, performance identity, sexual fetishism, dominatrix, feminism, politics, women, sexual objectification, video games

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737141
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Brown, author