Thursday, June 26, 2003
High-Heeled and Dangerous
Call it a new Uhuru syndrome, perhaps? A story on the increasing roles for dangerous women in summer blockbusters (T3 and Charlie’s Angels 2 being cases in point). “Jennifer Lawler, a second-degree black belt in Lawrence, Kan., said she was inspired to try martial arts after seeing Renee Russo’s cop character hold her own next to Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon III. . . . When she left the theatre, Lawler said, ‘For the first time, I thought about a women being as powerful as a man.’ Eleven years later, Lawler is a martial arts expert—but cautions that being able to fend off a male attacker isn’t as easy as Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz make it seem” (Amy C. Sims, “High-Heeled and Dangerous,” Fox News, Thursday, June 26, 2003). Seems like the competition among the sexes is getting fiercer—and more difficult to keep up with for us mere mortals. How exhausting.