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“Hard Body” Women?

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I know that we have been focusing lately on the “Hard Body” image of men in movies and it had me thinking, what about women?  We have women in movies that play the “Hard Body” female, not needing the help of men.  Around the 80’s, “Hard Body” women have been featured in several films but lately this has not been featured in movies.  The only one that I could think of that has a “Hard Body” women is the movie Frida with Selma Hayek.  Although she doesn’t exactly have a “Hard Body”, she has a very strong personality where she doesn’t let men push her around.  When it comes to Hard Body roles for the female, I think it is important to include the physical as well as personality level of strength in women.

The only other type of female “Hard Body” we see helping the society out, or what not, like male characters do, is only when they use their body as a seduction tool or for distraction.  Like Charlies Angels, and maybe even Kill Bill.  All these women are attractive to the point that they use their physical beauty to attract men and then “kill” them.

Here are a few movies I found of  “Hard Body” female:
Terminator 2:

Alien: Sigourney Weaver (I couldn’t find a good one):

Frida: Selma Hayek (even though she doesn’t have a Hard Body, if you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean)

“Hard Body” females that use their body/attraction then “kills”:

Miho in Sin City:

Kill Bill:

Angelina Jolie:

Those are just some few examples I found of the two different types of “Hard Body” women.

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Written by jennifersmeyers

April 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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