Wrapping up a summer full of Lisbeth Salander and Evelyn Salt, the Denver Post recently published a piece called: "Beauty meets brute force: Are tough screen heroines empowering, or do they send a dangerous message?" Yes, they question whether the influx of strong women, including Kick Ass' Hit Girl and Zoë Saldana in The Losers, are inspiring young women to think they have strength and power they don't actually have.
It's the same old story. A new, empowering trend hits cinema that can be a source of inspiration and equality, and it gets framed as dangerous and inaccurate.Images of a kind of physical equality abound. But in a world in which American women are still prohibited from combat units and physiology insists guys remain physically stronger -- damn that upper-body-strength divide -- are they even accurate?