In terms of deconstructing Action Girl
, you could just deconstruct the "Action" part.
For example, in Metal Gear Solid
; Solid Snake is badass
. But to become a major ass-kicker he went through a lot of trauma and ended up an Anti-Hero
who finds it hard to enjoy people, but loves the fighting, violence and such... until later, when they start to reconstruct him as he realizes he can have friends and attachments and still be a badass, such as when he befriends Otacon but still saves the day in violent fashion
As for deconstructing the "girl" part, I don't know how you could do it without Unfortunate Implications
As much as I hate gender roles
, I think a lot of people (not all, but a lot) in North American society equate masculinity with badassery (and I'm using masculinity as gender-neutral term here, even though the terms "masculine" and "feminine" are outdated in my opinion since they are gender-neutral). Like, for example, who would the average North American believe to be an Action Girl
- The girl covered in bandages, somewhat scarred up and carrying guns and knives, as well as being really tall.
- The girl who is short, with a Hollywood Thin build, who is reading a fashion magazine while getting her hair done.
Either could be an Action Girl
, but the first leans more towards stereotypical ideals of masculinity in North America and the latter leans more towards North America's views of femininity (in my opinion). Who is more likely the Action Girl
to the average North American?
They both are. And they're right behind you.
edited 1st Oct '11 6:44:57 PM by darkclaw