Between Lost, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the X-Files, my mind has been swimming in strong women lately. It has never been a secret that I like these sorts of characters and at least 90% of the music I listen to is done by females but sometimes it hits me just how overboard I go with it all. Movies like Whip It will always inspire me more than movies like Legally Blonde or Bridesmaids. Singers like OTEP will always appeal to me more than say, Taylor Swift or Brittney Spears.
There has been a long standing joke with my best friend and I that we were going to start a site someday called evilbitch.com and if I had been thinking about it at the time, that’s what this site would have been named. Maybe one day when I do something with the name and get her involved with me or perhaps it will be the name of a book someday. I think we were watching Hard Candy with some boys and one of them asked where we find movies like that; the idea snowballed from there like most jokes do when everyone is high and trying to laugh through a castration scene. The idea was to find the edgiest chick stuff like movies and books, music or TV and review it for all the other evil bitches out there. We think about all sorts of crazy stuff like taking over the world and how we would change it and debating deep philosophical points about or favorite or least favorite cartoons. You know, like all grown adults do.
What leads us to such movies and why we proudly wear titles like, evil bitch or future world overlords is because everywhere you turn you are assaulted by girls that are anything but fearless warrior women, we cling to those few girls we can. Everyone identifies with people for different reasons and I suppose if you wanted to get your ass beat by your boyfriend and be famous for it or make a sex tape or be orange, those icons are more than plentiful and I hear the drugs are fun. Some of us strive for something more than being a real housewife of somewhere lame and therefore appreciate Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? Or smart FBI agents or little Swedish girls who take revenge on perverted rapists with oversized dildos and tattoo guns, it’s all about diversity I guess.
Some might call me a feminist because I like entertainment like this or Ani DiFranco or Pink, or OTEP. That’s okay in most cases because yes, I think the world needs more women like these and I think in most cases, we are far more superior to most creatures except maybe cats. Watch a hot girl walk through a crowd of men and try to tell me I am wrong. Unfortunately that is what kills it for most of us because we can’t all be Mila Jolivich who would turn all those heads and have the brains, personality and ninja skills to back up the hotness. Unfortunately most times that hot girl will have all the brains and personality of a turnip. Not to point fingers but again, there are many orange airhead celebrities out there for examples and they have spawned a thousand average chicks out there who want to be just like them. Pink did a song called Stupid Girls that explains this perfectly.
One of my darling dearests favorite things are shows like Survivor. This season that show started out with guys against girls. As I watched this with him I found myself wanting to punch every single one of the girls that were on the team. It was every squealing, empty headed, ridiculous thing about girls that I hate, every moment. Bouncing and screeching, backstabbing and shit talking. As much as I would like to blow it off as stupid TV and the worst of humanity at its finest, I know better. Between roller derby and hairdressing school, I know this is what is out there and it scares me because they are all breeding too. This is what keeps me from ever being a feminist.
A psychologist would probably look at this and try to say that I am looking for the strong female figure I never had in real life, some might say I am a snob or unforgiving. All of this might be true, but how is it a bad thing? Most of the characters that I identify most with are incredibly damaged and flawed but all of them overcome those issues. This could be the heart of my obsessions if I was to be completely honest. I see enough weakness and enough women who do not realize their own strength, when I escape through entertainment I want to see something else, something bigger and stronger than me. I want something to aspire to; I need those strong, fierce, fearless women out there to let me know I might not be crazy after all, so I know that it is possible to rise above and be something more than anyone ever expected.
3/22/2012 4:56 AM