Femme Fatales 蛇蝎美人

  • |Femme Fatale|


    Femme Fatale is an attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to any man who becomes involved with her.
    Historically, Femme Fatales, like Marie Antoinette, were usually blamed for the failures of the men around them. 
    The idea that women were naturally weak minded and in a way, subhuman has always been prevalent in literature and arts. Docile and delicate subjects like Eve and the apple, the witch trial in mid ages, all help to deepen this idea. However in 19th Century Europe & America, the femme fatale became a new interest for people, introducing a new “modern woman” that was powerful.
    While male authority blames the evil woman, the audience was obsessed with this kind of female character in film. They love seductive and manipulative women because she “acts” as the object of their desire, but she remains untouchable in most cases. However in the real life, they still pursue and compliment ‘good wife and mother’. The femme fatale is essentially a message about the dangers of female independence.



    |蛇蝎美人|


    中国成语,经常与红颜祸水这类成语并用,形容漂亮却有危害(常指对于男权)的女性。如西施之于吴王夫差,如杨玉环之于唐玄宗。女人作为政治斗争的牺牲品,背负着失败的男性权威者的过失。
    在十九世纪西方,出现了所谓的“女性恶观念”,指的是在绘画和文学作品中出现的女性是恶的思想。从夏娃听从蛇的劝导吃下禁果,到中世纪的巫女审判,到十九世纪的黑暗电影,都在加深此种形象。
    可在男性权威批判“恶女”的同时,观众反而对蛇蝎美人形象非常痴迷:只许女性在荧幕上显现放荡风骚以供意淫,却反对一切除了贤妻良母以外的现实形象。蛇蝎美人一词代表了讽刺,代表了男性权威对女性传统的偏见和歧视。