In films, books, music and television and on the social media networks, we have rethought gender roles, and the old virgin versus slut metaphor rings false, if it ever was true. Now, in keeping with what some call (hopefully) the age of female empowerment, women are more likely to be cast or depicted as sex objects or action heroes — or both in one. These are romanticized images, of course, filtered, glossed and air-brushed. Read more
But these women are not ornamental, prettying up the scenery. They are not emotionally soft and tender-brained, and they are not long-suffering women standing by their men. They tend to be sexy or brainy, flirty or witchy, but the roles are more fluid now, flowing one in the other, sometimes fusing.
The piece could almost be a manifesto for our site here. And guess who they're talking about here? "The perfect modern American woman even though she is not modern and she is not American... She is a powerful, seductive, desirable, beautiful woman who is also engaged in all this action adventure... Embodies where we are today in regards to how we think about women, how we present women, how we package them, how we categorize them, how we treat them. She’s such a modern figure because she was completely liberated and shattered any kind of ceiling glass.”
That would be... Cleopatra? Interesting.