I don't want to celebrate tough women.
Don't get me wrong — I love tough women, and I love movies featuring totally ass-kicking women. But in a better world there would be so many of them, especially in the movies, that we would take them for granted. We're not quite yet there, but we're on our way. This month Jennifer Lawrence is showing that strong, take-charge, action heroines are alive, well and quite capable of dominating the box office.
Of course tough women don't just pick up guns, like ALIENS' Ripley, one of the great action heroes — gender be damned! — of the 20th century. They take over the workplace, as Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin do in NINE TO FIVE, which this month we compare to the nuanced gender battles of MAD MEN. They make poverty look damn good, as Barbara Stanwyck does in THE LADY EVE. They don't even have to be grown-ups, as Scout proves in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Some day in the future we're just going to take awesome women in film for granted. We're not going to have to worry about the Bechdel Test or the casual, insidious misogyny that is layered into even the best movies. But until then, we're going to celebrate the women who do it their own way and who, sometimes, kick some ass as they do it.
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– Devin Faraci – Badass Digest Editor in Chief
November National Programming:
Badass Digest Presents: BONNIE AND CLYDE
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
THE LADY EVE
Girlie Night: NINE TO FIVE
Tough Guy Cinema: TERMINATOR 2
We're excited to partner with Amy Poehler's Smart Girls to present TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and to bring Scout, "the ultimate Smart Girl" to school and youth groups.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD