On sexism and the Bond girls

Berenice Marlohe stars in "Skyfall," the new James Bond film. Photo by Francois...

Story by David Haglund
(Slate)
Thu, Nov 1, 2012
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Fifty years after the first Bond movie, and with another one on the way soon, the Internet is rife with 007-themed videos, mostly of the mash-up variety.

But the smart film blog Press Play has, as always, taken a more thoughtful approach, with a video essay written by Deborah Lipp, narrated by her sister Roberta, and edited by past Brow Beat contributor Kevin B. Lee.

Lipp, who has written a book about Bond (and blogs about TV at Basket of Kisses), argues that, especially in a time of Doris Day movies and “I Dream of Jeannie,” the pilots, spies and villains who were the original Bond girls could be feminist icons. They were “sexy, in a whole new way.”

She acknowledges that there is also sexism in the Bond movies, but feminism, she argues, “isn’t just a self-conscious rejection of sexism, it’s also about showing girls options.” Also: Pussy Galore is gay.

Watch the video essay below, or read the text-only version at Press Play.

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