With actress Pam Grier's breakthrough in Coffy and Foxy
Brown, women entered action, science fiction, war, westerns and
martial arts films--genres that had previously been considered the
domain of male protagonists. This ground-breaking cinema, however,
was--and still is--viewed with ambivalence.
While women were cast in new and exciting roles, they did not
always arrive with their femininity intact, often functioning both
as a sexualized spectacle... more...