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By S. Inness

ISBN-10: 1403963967

ISBN-13: 9781403963963

ISBN-10: 1403981248

ISBN-13: 9781403981240

Xena, Buffy, Lara Croft. WWF, The Sopranos, Witchblade, l. a. Femme Nikita. the ladies of popular culture are heart degree and as tricky as ever. motion Chicks is a groundbreaking assortment highlighting the heroines we now have grown to worship. What can they let us know approximately girls within the Twent-first-century? What can they let us know approximately how pop culture depicts girls? Do the characters get away conventional gender function expectancies? Or do they adhere to sexual, racial, ethnic, and sophistication stereotypes? The essays in motion Chicks supply enthusiasts with a brand new examine their favorite icons and their courting to the preferred media laptop. a desirable assortment that is certain to fan the flames of a few excitement.

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The amount and range of attention Lara Croft has received is an indication that she exemplifies more than a visual phenomenon or a fleeting trend in the representation of the female. Lara’s role outside of the erotic and violent spectacle she provides for the sake of entertainment is worth investigating as her internationally recognized and discussed presence suggests a greater cultural relevance than thus far acknowledged. On the virtual terrain of war-inspired computer games, the female, biologically inescapably tied to the processes of reproduction, is represented in an unprecedented display of eroticism and violence.

Dullness and rust speak of a threat to the phallus as hard; the gun suggests the undiminished erection. The earlier power association is connected to fertility; the gun inescapably implies death. At the site of the virtual female body, birth and death have been transposed. Lara puts an end to long-held convictions about the female in the context of organized violence. Imaging technologies are applied in many culturally defining disciplines. Progress in the field of reproductive technologies, for instance, is intricately linked to the ability to visualize the female reproductive system of which ultrasound images were only the beginning.

2 While the visuals of computer games and of digitally enhanced imagery such as those seen in Hollywood films have become increasingly more sophisticated, their content has developed remarkably little. As Spacewar did decades ago, the theme of most computer games, many contemporary digitally enhanced films, and other computer graphics–related products revolves around disaster, mayhem, and war. ”3 Other gaming titles such as Battlezone, MechWarrior, Doom, and Mortal Kombat are equally revealing.

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