Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jennifer Stuller, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors.

Stuller's book is a fascinating read about super-heroines and powerful women. This is a wonderful book that dives into the analysis of female characters in pop culture. Stuller covers superwomen throughout entertainment history, from Wonder Woman's early comic book days to television's relatively recent female characters, like Sydney Bristow, Dana Scully, and Xena the Warrior Princess. She observes their relationships with their fathers, mothers and mentors. In addition to the history of ‘superwomen’, Stuller includes a series of chapters about common issues in the portrayal of superwomen: compassion, redemption, and collaboration. Stuller point out, this kind of collaboration is common in the female hero "not because she is incapable of succeeding on her own, but because she is more successful when she recognizes, encourages, and utilizes the talents of others" (peg. 92).
Stuller's book definitely helps me better understand feminism in our media and mentoring relationships between women.

I am attaching photography of Mexican archetype woman, to illustrate the differences and similarities in our cultures.

Cuatlicue is the Aztec godes who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli.

Doña Marina (Malinche), the loyal interpreter and mistress of Hernando Cortés, Doña Isabel de Moctezuma, the daughter of the famous Mexica Huey Tlahtoani (supreme ruler) Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin is the most well-known and popular female personage of the late pre-Hispanic and early colonial history of Mexico.

La Malinche and Hernan Cortes, by Jose Clemente Orosco

Malinche by Diego Rivera

Doña Marina was a gift to the Conquistadores, a slave and after her intelligence and gift for languages was discovered she was “la lengua”, “tongue”.
In Mosiehuali, a the version of Nahuatl spoken in town of Tetelcingo, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Nehualmoyecastemojmolunijtzinutinemisquiöni means, “You honorable people might have come along banging your noses so as to make them bleed, but in fact you didn’t”.

"La Adelita" came to be an archetype of a woman warrior in Mexico, during the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

María Félix is the most famous Mexican movie star. She created a larger-than-life character, La Doña, she constructed an image of a strong woman, that went beyond the traditional role of Latin American women.

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