A common trope in movies and TV that drives me nuts is when the male lead is battling a villain, gang or monster and his female love interest, spouse or companion cringes uselessly as she looks on. If the hero is beaten she is likely toast, yet such female characters nonetheless leave the fighting to the man as they do little more than hope for the best. One of feminism’s many benefits to society is the erosion of this tradition, although it has been a slow process. I now see the women in such situations at least make an effort to help out about half the time.
The first major breakthrough may have been nearly 70 years ago in “High Noon,” when Quaker and pacifist Grace Kelly twice takes violent action to assist her man in peril, outnumbered marshal Gary Cooper. Still, women have been indoctrinated with the passive female bystander tradition for a long time. Even if screen heroines are more frequently moved to attack their male protectors’ assailants, real life evidence that the cultural transition has occurred is scant.
The video above, however radiates hope. A drunken jackass ran out onto the field at Dodger Stadium during a game yesterday, and with the male security team in pursuit (and falling behind), the Dodgers ball girl, Marissa Rohan, intervened and body-slammed the guy over the wall.
Perfect. Grace Kelly would be proud.
[In the original post, I asked for information regarding the ball girl’s name. Curmie got it to me, and I have edited the post accordingly. Reader JutGory made the valid point below that the Dodgers and the media were probably trying to protect the young woman’s privacy sinec she is a minor and could possibly be brought into litigation. However, if her name is now out there,there is no risk in it being published here.]