In the 30 years between the original Bionic Woman TV series and its new remake, action heroines have come a long way, smashing evildoers in landmark films such as Aliens and Terminator 2 as well as the long-running Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias TV shows, among others. Is the rise of action heroines — and the corresponding decline of their traditional, Schwartzenegger/Stallone-esque male counterparts — indicative of any important shifts in societal attitudes? My guest is Jeffrey Brown, an associate professor of popular culture at Bowling Green University and the author of an upcoming book on females in action films and television programs. [Originally broadcast on WLUW’s Under Surveillance in September 2007.]
The Rise of the Action Heroine, w/guest Jeffrey Brown
Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.