Catching Fire: The odds are in women’s favor

Katy Perry will always be my number-one woman crush, but Jennifer Lawrence comes in a very close second, especially in her latest role as Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire. Talk about girl power! Katniss is even fiercer this time, representing District 12 and fighting against the evil Capitol.

This movie far exceeds the criteria needed to pass the Bechdel test. There are so many powerful female characters in this movie, defying gender stereotypes.

First, there’s Mags, who is representing District 4. Not only is she a woman, but she is old (gasp!). Then there is Wiress, who is super-intelligent, and Johanna, who is a fierce fighter.

All of these women do an excellent job of demonstrating the traits and skills for which women should be valued.

Catching Fire offers the perfect mix of a love story and action; Katniss is still torn between Peeta and Gale. It’s refreshing that both of these men are interested in Katniss, not for her body, but for her brain.

In fact, besides Katniss’s awesome wedding dress that she wears for her TV debut, all of the characters wear the same costume.

Not having read the books, I am dying to see what the next movie has in store. I can’t wait to see what fierce move Katniss makes next.

Sarah Liming is currently a junior at the University of Dayton. She is a psychology major and is currently involved with an organization on campus called Active Minds which focuses on reducing the negative stigma associated with mental health and mental illness.

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  1. I completely agree! I read all three books in the Hunger Games series about 2 years ago and forgot how many great representations of women exist in this story. I cannot express enough how much I enjoy each female character being viewed as valuable for their own unique traits, none of which happen to be based on their physical appearance. Get ready for more amazing things to come in the next film!

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