The New Warrior Princesses
In what she dubs "this summer of female action heroes", Luisita Lopez Torregrosa puts the spotlight on Salt and Salander, the new cinematic models of millennial femininity. She asks, "Do they sacrifice being 'real' women — with boyfriends, husbands, kids — to fit a male fantasy (Phillip Noyce's, the director of "Salt," and Larsson's, respectively)? Or are Salt and Salander the right ideal: brainy, independent, physically and emotionally tough, sexual but coldblooded?" "I believe that they are idealized women — even if we don't want to kill people, in real life, we want to be as cool, competent, in control and right as they are."