Illustrations

Figure 1. Pam Grier as Laurie in Original Gangstas typifies Hollywood's mean women. 10

Figure 2. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) becomes the invincible mean woman hero of Aliens. 12 Figure 3. FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) moves from fear to violence in The Silence of the Lambs. 18 Figure 4. Wing Chun (Michelle Yeoh) reconciles the yin of feminine beauty with the yang of skilled martial artistry. 28 Figure 5. Thief Catcher (Maggie Cheung) strolls away from havoc she creates in Heroic Trio. 42 Figure 6. Sarah (Linda Hamilton) sports the "masculine" look in

Terminator 2. 64 Figure 7. Advertisement for Dance with Death. 65 Figure 8. A Bond girl eroticizes the gun. 65

Figure 9. Dominique as dominatrix in advertisement for Blonde Justice 2. 71 Figure 10. In The Long Kiss Goodnight Charly's (Geena Davis) murderous rage marks the outer limit of women's violence in cop movies. 97 Figure 11. Karen (Jennifer Lopez) is a glamorous, vulnerable female cop hero in Out of Sight. 100 Figure 12. Catherine Trammel (Sharon Stone) offers smoke-screened inscrutability and contempt in Basic Instinct. 128 Figure 13. Ellen (Sharon Stone) enjoys a drink after putting a man on the floor in The QQuick and the Dead. 135 Figure 14. Dolores Claiborne's (Kathy Bates) approach to marital conflict makes her a permanent murder suspect. 154 Figure 15. A mother and daughter (Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh) are estranged but later united in Dolores Claiborne. 156

Figure 16. Bernie (Angela Bassett) moves from faithful wife to dangerous woman in Waiting to Exhale. 185 Figure 17. Stony (Jada Pinkett) assumes the violent woman's expression and stance in Set It Off. 191 Figure 18. The Black butch (Queen Latifah) goes out in a blaze of rebellious glory in Set It Off. 192 Figure 19. Housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) prepares for the outlaw journey ahead in Thelma and Louise. 201 Figure 20. The heroes of Thelma and Louise (Susan Sarandon and Geena

Davis) challenge feminist definitions of bad behavior. 224 Figure 21. Louise shoots Thelma's rapist after he no longer poses an immediate threat, offering us the pleasurable fantasy of retaliatory violence. 245

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