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Are female action heroes truly empowering?

Gender used to be portraied in popular culture as very binary. The common narrative for woman showed a fundamentally hysterical female character being frightened or terrorized, and needing to be saved. Men on the other hand were portrayed as the real heroes, swinging their lightsaber. It’s crazy how the presence of a sharp pointy object gives men power over a story. Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University) tells that nowadays there are more movies with female characters in the lead. Representation matters! If you have female heroes (not being princesses), little girls will look up to that.

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Dr. Dan Hassler-Forest

Dan Hassler-Forest is als docent Populaire Cultuur verbonden aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Collega's en studenten roemen hem om zijn uitgebreide filmkennis en inspirerende colleges. '‘Als je Dan aanzet stopt hij niet meer. Hij zweept de studenten op en gaat heel snel."

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