The Femme Fatale.
I believe we all would agree that in today's dating scene, there are good men, bad men, good women, and bad women. Many of my male readers feel like the Entertainment Industry (and more specifically, the feature-film industry) does not highlight nearly as many "bad women" characters as they do "bad men" characters.
I would partially agree with this criticism. The business-related reality is, women purchase more movie tickets than men do on a yearly basis. The vast majority of feature films that went on to become a major success at the box office are usually those that either a) attracted both men and women to the movie theater, or at minimum, b) attracted a high number of women alone (or maybe single moms and their children).
I have met a number of men in my life that have confessed to only watching an average of five-to-ten films per year at the movie theater (as opposed to a self-proclaimed 'movie buff' like me who probably watches an average of twenty-five to forty films per year at least once at the movie theater). So, bottom line, you could argue that Hollywood is not stupid. They do not want to "bite the hand that feeds them," so therefore, they are not going to produce too many films that have the main female character as 'the bad guy' while the main male character is the 'naive helpless victim.'
A "Femme Fatale" is a common term for a female movie character who uses her looks, charm, and sex appeal in order to manipulate naive and horny men into performing various financial and non-financial favors for them. Sometimes, it might be a favor as extreme as, "I want you to murder my cheating husband for me," while other times the fictional female character might just want to use a man to improve her overall quality of life (e.g., get the man to buy her a better car, a better house, more expensive clothes, or help her land a higher salaried job).
In my fourth book entitled The Possibility of Sex: How Naive and Lustful Men are Manipulated by Women Regularly, I describe at least six types of women that men should generally avoid. Those women are:
- Timewasters (a woman who will initially give a man the misleading impression that she has some degree of romantic and/or sexual interest in him, but in reality, she is just looking for flattering attention, entertaining platonic companionship, financial and non-financial 'favors,' or a "male girlfriend" to gossip with and vent with)
- Gold Diggers / Social Climbers (a woman who will date a man, or even marry a man, more so because of his high degree of career success, social status, and wealth than because of a genuine romantic interest in the guy)
- Man Thieves (a woman who is trying their best to "steal a man away" from his current wife or girlfriend)
- Drama Queens (a woman who, at minimum, is extremely jealous, argumentative, and hard to get along with, and at maximum, suffers from some sort of personality disorder or mental illness)
- Misandrists (a 'misandrist' is a woman who interacts with men with a high degree of hatred toward them, resentment toward them, disdain for them, and/or a general lack of respect for them)
- Liars / Cheaters / Adulteresses (pretty self-explanatory)
The problem with men, is that many of them are so hung up on women's level of physical attractiveness, and so weak to a woman with an above average degree of sex appeal, that we do not tend to pay attention to the flaws and weaknesses of a woman's character, integrity, and overall personality usually until after we have already invested a significant amount of time, effort, money, or emotions.
There are a lot of films that I may have overlooked or just did not tickle my fancy, so I am sure that some men and women will write me and say, "Hey Alan! You forgot to mention [insert name of actress here] who played the character of [insert the deceitful and/or manipulative character's name in the film here] in the movie [insert film title here]!! She was really something else!!"
Of the films I have seen and selected, I tried to identify at least three women who fall into one or more of the six categories mentioned above that are highlighted in my book, The Possibility of Sex. I have probably met at least two or three women in real life who exhibited behavior that was very similar to the behavior of these fictional female characters included in my list.
If you totally agree with my choices ... write me and let me know! If you have harsh criticisms and totally disagree with some of my choices ... write and let me know! I might feature your feedback in a future article (but I would not use your real name, unless you specifically ask me to).
So, without further ado, I present to you my list of 20 fictional female characters in movies that represent the type of women that you want to avoid pursuing as a a) wife, b) long-term girlfriend, or c) casual lover. Start viewing the list of characters by CLICKING HERE.
Warning: Many of the character descriptions include storyline and plot "spoilers" for those who have not viewed these films; Avoid reading the full description if you see a "Spoiler" notation included if you want to watch the film first
Alan Roger Currie is the author of a number of books, including Mode One: Let the Women Know What You're REALLY Thinking and Oooooh . . . Say it Again: Mastering the Fine Art of Verbal Seduction and Aural Sex. Currie's latest eBook, The Possibility of Sex: How Naive and Lustful Men are Manipulated by Women Regularly is also available exclusively on Amazon.com in their Kindle format. You can also download a copy of Currie's eBook on your iPhone, Android Smartphone, or other Smartphone.
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