Author Archives: Jessica Olien

Why Female Action Heroes Are Bad For You – And Your Boyfriend

Why Female Action Heroes Are Bad For You - And Your Boyfriend

In my early 20’s I had a boyfriend who loved the movie Resident Evil. He liked the fighting and the zombies and the tinny electronic score. Mostly he loved watching Mila Jovavich holding guns and struggling against her captors in her extremely short skirt. His devotion to her was like that of a middle school girl to a boy band and it bugged because to me she might as well have been an alien. Her version of being female was so far removed from my own experience that even though I couldn’t articulate why, the character of Alice felt like a threat. More »