I was watching re-runs of Lois and Clark and Desperate Housewives the other day, and they both had lots of scenes where a female character supposed to be tough and ball-busting punched a man and knocked him over, every time with humorous slapstick music. On the surface it looked quite strong and "empowering" ...But I was thinking, the very fact that they play it as a joke, with the comedy music, shows that they see the idea of the woman being tougher than the man as unrealistic. It's the same as when they show a little kid outwitting an adult in comedy films. It's funny cause they are not in power in real life. So it is kind of "back handed" feminism. Also, I watched that Moby Dick with Dragons film, and they had a female team member who was meant to be really tough and able to beat all the men up. But the way she was acting, constantly being aggressive and trying to start on everyone, real tough male actors don't act like that in films. IE ones played by Stone Cold Austin etc, they are calm and silent. The male equivalent to how she acted was Joe Pesci in the Scorcese films, and he was meant to be a weak, insecure character. I know the examples are old shows and B Movies and obviously good films like Terminator, Aliens, Hunger Games went beyond that. I wanted to get it out though and see if anyone agreed.