Amazon.com: Femme Fatale: How To
World Dance New York - Femme Fatal
(Disclaimer: I don't own this yet but it is on my shortlist for purchase because it just looks that cool.)
In the "behind the scenes" video found on their facebook page here: Jeniviva's "Femme Fatale" DVD: The Gothic Belle, at 2:10 the question is posed "What makes someone a Femme Fatal." Jeniviva's answer is that she finds the idea of a deadly woman misogynistic due to the culture at the time. She asks the question what makes a woman deadly but lays the blame entirely on the culture and fails to answer her own question. Instead she says that a woman who was in touch with her sexuality and not afraid to ask for what she wanted was persecuted and then goes on to describe what she considers a modern Femme Fatal.
As a student of history and culture I overreacted to her answer. My initial reaction was - [rant]Are we really so ignorant of history and culture that we don't know the difference between a "bluestocking" and a Femme Fatal! Independent women were certainly looked down upon by high society but they were always respectable! The Femme Fatal never was and there is a huge difference between a woman who is independent and has a mind of her own and one who drives men to kill or be killed to satisfy her! The difference between "I can live without you" and "you can't live without me!"[/rant]
:lol: I'm a lot calmer now but I thought it might make an interesting discussion; what do others think of the Femme Fatale? What is she then and now?