A Woman Like You? Emma Peel, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the Empowerment of Female Heroes of the Silver Screen

TitleA Woman Like You? Emma Peel, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the Empowerment of Female Heroes of the Silver Screen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsTigges, Wim
JournalThe Journal of Popular Culture
Volume50
Issue1
Pagination127 - 146
Date Published02/2017
Abstract

This article presents an approach for ranking the female characters of action films and TV series on a ten-point scale, which offers a model for establishing and measuring the levels of female empowerment. Using The Avengers and Xena: Warrior Princess as prime sources of evidence, and addressing earlier feminist critiques of these shows, it is moreover argued that their leading characters incorporate the highest level of female (super)heroism. It is also demonstrated that the idea of toughness is indeed fully compatible with femininity, in that although the female superhero differs in many respects from what characterizes the stereotypical woman, the former also distinguishes herself in subtle ways from the qualities generally found in the conventional male superhero.[ From Author]

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