So here I was thinking that the most annoying aspect of watching Kathryn Bigelow gain speed as a serious Oscar contender was going to be sitting through all the lame 'battle of the exes' jokes about her and former husband James Cameron. But I was way off, because as it turns out, the reality is much more insulting. The latest insult is courtesy of an article over at Salon with the charming title Kathryn Bigelow: Feminist pioneer or tough guy in drag? Granted, this isn't the first opinion piece about Bigelow's film that has me in a ranting state of mind, but it is the most recent. Now luckily for my ranting purposes, I can break down my dissatisfaction into two major categories, so let's get started shall we?...

A Dog Wearing Clothes

There is a great moment on NBC's 30 Rock when Jack Donaghy (played to perfection by Alec Baldwin) tells his politico girlfriend, "I like it when a woman has ambition. It's like seeing a dog wearing clothes." Funny? Yes, and unfortunately, very, very true. I highly doubt that every interview that Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, or The Coens have to sit through has them addressing how they feel about making a movie as 'male directors'. Well, of course not, that would be silly. But no such luck for Bigelow because no matter which journalist it is, the supposedly unlikely combo of a woman who directs action movies is the first (and sometimes only) topic for discussion.

After the jump; beating the boys at their own game...