I just finished reading The Help and thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, it is told from the point of view of three women: two black maids and one white woman. The white woman, an aspiring writer who is desperate to get out of Jackson, decides to interview black women about their experiences serving white families. Overall, it was a great story, and what I liked most about it was the fact that it was narrated by three strong female characters.
I don’t think about it much, but the fact remains that most of my entertainment interests are male-dominated. The majority of my favorite authors are men, it’s the same with music (although there are notable exceptions for both categories), and I’ll always pick a Tarantino flick over something more…womanly. I guess it’s because I grew up in a more post-feminist era, where we’ve already been “liberated” and all that jazz. It’s probably also the reason why I’ve never had many giant female role models, except for various actresses who I’ve grown up wanting to look like (or characters on tv, like Agent Scully).
These days, I basically look up to any woman who isn’t afraid to speak up for herself. A characteristic I have not fully embraced yet myself, I especially like to see it in others. And that’s really what The Help was all about, which is why I found it inspiring.
And now, a list of women who I want to “be just like” in one way or another. Unfortunately, the desire to look like other women still occupies my thoughts (thanks, “the media”!), but other cool women are making it on to the list for a variety of reasons.
1. Tina Fey – for her general personality and comedic talent (side note: read Bossypants!)
2. Zoe Bell – for her athletic prowess and being a badass stuntwoman (see her playing herself in Death Proof)
3. Lisbeth Salander – fictional character, but another badass (read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series)
4. Stacy London – Technically, I don’t want to be like her as much as I want her to live in my closet and tell me how to dress (watch What Not To Wear). However, I do revere her for keeping that gray streak in her hair. I like a woman who isn’t afraid of grays (note: I am afraid of grays).
5. Mila Kunis – she’s hot!
6. Eva Mendes – she’s hot too!
7. Zooey Deschanel – talented actor and singer. And she’s hot as well.