Its funny cos i was expecting this kinda reply. I personally dont think that it would have worked at all. However, the reasons behind it being written for a female role, feminity, female kicking ass over female etc. is that just not all for the entertainment of men? the provocation of a character, wind her up, see how long it is before she flips? what do the women think about this topic? did they enjoy the film as much as the male audience did?
I don’t think Tarantino casts the women, or really any women, as a way to exploit them. Instead, he seems to cast women as interesting characters, as he casts men as interesting characters, and by doing this he really balances out the sexes.
It’s not about her being a women, or a sex object, she clearly isn’t any more then any of the men in the story in Kill Bill. If she was the fights with the chicks would be full of sexual sounding moans, and she wouldn’t be smeared in disturbing amounts of blood (fight with Elle. Not exactly sexy stuff). She’d also be wearing sexually appealing clothing, having ridiculously pointless shots of her bod, etc.
Instead she’s simply a pissed off person who has been wronged. Its not this over-reactive, woman scorned bullshit either. Its a genuinely pissed off, level headed person who wants savage brutal revenge. What I like about QT is that he ignores gender more, and goes for character. Beatrix isn’t a scourned, strong, sexy or any other kind of woman. She’s Beatrix Kiddo, a character in a story that is not constricted by her gender in any way. She’s not “girly” she’s not “butch” she just is, like most of us.
P.s. I haven’t seen Grindhouse, but from the previews, QT dosen’t seem to portray women as evenly in that flick. But I’ll have to catch it before I decide.