Although recent television show and movies show women stepping out of stereotyped roles that cast them as loyal wives and nurterers, victims, or vixens, their new roles as professional, independent women do not separate them from stereotypes (Gamble, p. 357). Women may be becoming more successful in action movie and television shows, but these kinds of roles still require women to be a “babe.” In Mr. and Mrs. Smith, for instance, Angelina Jolie’s role as an assassin shows her as strong, courageous, independent, unemotional, and competent. However, Angelina Jolie is also considered one of the most attractive women in the world and used her good looks to slay her victims. She keeps her gun on her upper thigh for sexual appeal and seduces her victims into death traps. She also still cooks for and serves her husband to deceive him into thinking that she is a typical housewife. While this is supposed to be contrasting her more action-oriented and independent way of living, it still reinforces that normal women just stay in the home. Jolie’s role shows the new age action-woman, but it still perpetuates feminine stereotypes in many ways.

Gamble, T. K., & Gamble, M. W. (2003). The Gender Communication Connection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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