An occasionally appealing modern archetype
, done prominently in "The Matrix"
, for example, and cutely in the "You're Under Arrest!
(okay, and countless others). Sometimes just irritating
, though. Girls with guns are often just generic supporting characters given a larger role because there needs to be a love interest
and something sexy
for the guys to look at in between explosions
. There's often nothing particularly female
about them besides their artificially-created curves
. Nonetheless, they're frequent objects of fantasy
, popular from Hong Kong
, from the dime novel
of the 1920s
to Lara Croft
--and probably stretching back to the endless male fascination with Amazon myth
s. There's all sorts of theory
about this, from pop culture
. A search on women in film
in a university library
database should turn up several works.For the record
, I thought "The Long Kiss Goodnight
" was a better example of the character/genre.