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October 2, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Civic Center Auditorium
401 S. Balsam
Moses Lake, WA 98837
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What Doesn't Kill Her Makes Her Stronger: When empowering fantasies employ the realities of female vulnerability with Allison Palumbo

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

In this presentation, Dr. Palumbo will analyze tales of heroism where fighting females (like cops and spies) battle three forms of male domination—sexism, gender-based violence, and paternalism—that continue to pose a threat for women onscreen and off. Dr. Palumbo will explore the way that these conflicts position the fighting female character as a survivor who is both a vulnerable and empowered, while it positions supporting male characters as enemies and allies, often interchangeably. As a result, the stories project complicated and often contradictory messages about ideals of women’s strength and independence and possibilities for empowering romance. Examples include TV shows like Cagney & Lacey, Prime Suspect, The Closer, and Alias, as well as films like La Femme Nikita, Murder by Numbers, Salt, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.