**Beware, spoilers below for anyone who hasn't seen Avengers (and if you haven't you better go see it right this instant) and Hunger Games**
Ever since we watched Miss Representation in class, I have been paying closer attention to the roles of female characters in media. As I write this, I am watching The Avengers. In one scene, Black Widow confronts Loki in his cell on the air ship. If you know the part I'm talking about, you remember Loki's little speech to her about how she's trying to save Hawkeye because she's supposedly in love with him. We think he's gotten to her when she turns around and sounds like she's crying until Loki reveals his secret about the Hulk. Suddenly, she turns around, hearing that the Hulk is part of his plan, thanks Loki for his cooperation, and repeats this new information to Nick Fury. (click here to see clip)
My point here is: she uses his stereotype to her advantage. She's a major character in this film who can stand on her own and kick butt. This character was just as strong in the last Iron Man movie when she takes out several guys while Jon Faverau's character is still working on the first one. (click here to see clip)
Obviously, Hunger Games is another book/movie with a strong, independent female lead who ends up saving the guy and surviving the Games. Some TV shows are getting there, now, too. Last week, an episode of one of my favorite shows, Person of Interest, debuted the abilities of a new female character they are setting up to be an important part of the Reese/Finch team to save lives and prevent crime before it happens.
I'm just curious what other shows, movies, and/or books you guys have seen in which women are more than just a "damsel in distress." Has anyone else been paying attention to this subject since we saw the documentary?