Power is not what a woman wants or needs. She cannot control it. Because Pepper is not new and improved, she is broken. Luckily Iron Man is there to ‘fix’ her.
Whilst conspiracy theorists are right about bankers being assholes (okay, #notallbankers) and the Snowden files prove that the conspiracy nuts were not (just) nuts, assimilating just one fictional conspiracy theory from 24 will make you more likely to buy into others.
In our increasingly complex debate about what gender equality is, and is not, it’s an obvious parallel that the Alex who cannot fight, but can dance is not only a real lion, but also is not a real ‘man’.
Regina is an example of extreme narcissism. A grandiose sense of self-importance, fantasies of unlimited success and power, requiring excessive admiration, a huge sense of entitlement, inter-personally exploitative and lacking in empathy.
If in First class she grows to realize that she is beautiful in her natural form, it is in Days of Future Past that she forges her identity.
What she achieves – and surely what all girls should aspire to – is an offer to join a prestigious law firm (where no doubt she will take an 80 hour work week and still have time for exercise and manicures) and a proposal of marriage. Splendid.
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