Sunday, June 12, 2005
In high school, my best girlfriend asked if I would kiss a woman if, say, it were Isabella Rosellini. Nope, I said, wouldn't do it. But give me Angelina Jolie now and I wouldn't even stop to think before I leant in.
Check out this Salon.com article. I was struck by the columnist's suggestion that Jolie has not made more reputable/lucrative movies because Hollywood mostly offers the following roles for women: 1) hooker with a heart of gold 2) frustrated housewife and 3) loyal and supportive wife. She has done none of these roles - and we can say the same for precious few other actresses. She defies these male concepts and, perhaps, the male auteurs who run the show just cannot put her to good use. And don't say Lara Croft is submitting to the male gaze. I think she so completely dominates the pictures they can no longer be simply just fodder for horny teenage boys.
I think I'm in love.