...from an article I wrote about @RosemaryMezaDesPlas' #ChicksWithGuns painting series currently in #OfNoteMagazine #TheGunIssue . .
@Regrann from @ofnotemagazine - "From Farrah Fawcett, the #sexsymbol of Charlie’s Angels, to Demi Moore’s comeback as a fallen angel in the movie remake sequel, to Uma Thurman in the revenge fantasy Kill Bill, to Angelina Jolie as the consummate torch bearer of sex and beauty in several films, #Hollywood has provided us with the #femmefatale #archetype .
The genetic make-up of this woman is almost always thin, white, and dressed in scantily clad wear. She is portrayed either as a criminal, psychologically unstable, or as an infantilized crime-fighting prodigy of a male master guru. She is anomalous, solitary, or ostracized, and thus ultimately vulnerable. She is emotionally unavailable and difficult to love, but irresistibly mysterious. An aberration of the ‘natural’ female, love is her downfall and is therefore avoided, or at least elusive. She is unbreakable by everyone except the hyper-alpha-male who invariably swoops in to disarm her with his aggressive, dominating charm and good looks. Cathartically through her, we accept violence from him. She is the killer we condone, and one we want to see bedded. . . [...] . .
One common thread with them all is the connection of sex and gun violence. Another is dysfunction. Rarely do we see the archetypal femme in healthy relationships, caring for families in safe communities where, after all the heroics, all ends well. Usually, someone dies. Often, it is the woman—whether she is the hero or the dispensable accessory to one.
These #tropes permeate our #films , #television shows, #comicbooks , magazines, #photography , and #video games. With all of this to bear, Texas-based #mixedmedia and #socialactivist #artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is asking us to consider the potential harm that may be caused by such a widely disseminated #visualparadox ." - #BeretteMacaulay .
www.ofnotemagazine.org/2017/06/19/10937 (Link in Bio). .
I Look Like A Woman, I Cut Like A Buffalo © Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, 2013. Courtesy of the artist
Fun fact: Angie played poker every Saturday night for about twenty years. She played with the same group of friends, and the group included Jack Lemmon, his wife, the Sammy Cahns, the Gregory Pecks, and the Sinatra's... although she says "Frank never played poker. Frank's game was the dice." In many interviews she has said that she was no good at the game, because she wasn't great at bluffing. But she was in an episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2004, and it has been remarked that poker may be her "most enduring passion." 🌟
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