I remember thinking, back in 2011, what a nice turn of events it was to see the movie Bridesmaids. Here we could see women acting every bit as awkward and tawdry as their male counterparts in films made in the the previous decades. Drinking, barfing, arguing, just like their Y chromosome predecessors had done for all those years before. At last. A movie celebrating how truly awful girls could be. The time, it would seem, had come.
Last year, we were treated to a much more noble appearance of the feminine when Marvel finally released a female-centered superhero film. Captain Marvel (no relation) was their response to DC dusting off their long-awaited Wonder Woman. Suddenly, the world was being saved by the fairer sex, and that was about time, too.
Cut to this past week, where in successive evenings I sat at my computer and watched previews for two coming attractions. The first was Black Widow. After finishing their most recognizable female asset off (spoiler alert) in last summer's Endgame, Natasha Romanoff is getting her eponymous feature. Saving the world, or parts of it, guns ablazin', and quips aflyin'. Agent Romanoff finally gets her time in the spotlight.
The following night I clicked on the link for the No Time To Die trailer. Pretty standard James Bond stuff with Daniel Craig racing and punching his way around the globe. And of course there were girls. And one of them, as it turns out, is a double O. She's got a license to kill, just like James. How about that, sisters? It should be noted that it was back in 1995 when Dame Judi Dench played M, the head of Britain's MI6. That's when she referred to her most infamous charge as a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur." Now, it would seem, we are at last ready for a female version of that character.
Much in the same way that Virginia Slims cigarettes made such great strides for women in the field of lung cancer, now we are breaking new ground for sexist dinosaurs. You've come a long way baby!
Or maybe we should savor those things that still divide us. Do we really need a female Rambo? A girl Terminator? Wait a second. We already had one of those.
How about a guy as Mary Poppins?