Friday, March 19, 2010

Tank Girl is about "girl power"?

I'm watching Criminal Minds, a show I've never watched until the last few days, and one that I don't really care for.

This particular episode has George Costanza (or at least the actor who played him on Seinfeld) doing a very good job playing a serial killer. But their Abby clone, (Abby from NCIS) called Garcia, only she's blonde and tubby and not a Goth, but still has the same execrable clothes sense, was just talking about Tank Girl.

Here's the exact quote, thanks to a Criminal Minds wiki that listed it as "Season 4 Funny Quotes":

"B, she is all about wild hair dye, flatulence, nose picking, spitting, explosive vomiting, occasional random sex, and more than occasional drunkeness. And she has a tank. Her very own tank. And that, mon amie, is girl power."


How sad, how frightening, that girls and women acting like the grossest of teenage boys are being encouraged to look upon these coarse activities and call them "girl power" as if being "lady-like" is now an obscene word, and women who don't get drunk, don't have sex with any and every man they meet, don't pick their noses, and don't deliberately fart in someone's face are somehow inferior to those who actually do.

Too many people watching crap like Dog the Bounty Hunter or Mean Girls, I guess. It's all very sad - and very frightening.

Bring back the days of Emma Peel and Cathy Gale, where women were strong, confident, able to kick the butt of villains - not other girls who kissed their boyfriends!!!, and totally elegant.

The fact that these role models, like "Tank Girl," like the Grace of Saving Grace who is alcoholic and promiscuous and ...I just read earlier today that there was a Goth Supergirl for a while... is so very sad. Today more than ever girls need positive role models, and instead they get this crap.

2 comments:

bloodyneptune said...

I know this is old, but I just came across it in on Google. I have to say, if you were paying attention to anything but Reid, I think you missed the point of the show.

bloodyneptune said...

I know this is old, but I just came across it in on Google. I have to say, if you were paying attention to anything but Reid, I think you missed the point of the show.