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Comedian Joan Ford on why female action heroes often fall flat




Comedian Joan Ford scoping out her post-apocalyptic hideout of choice a.k.a. Universal CityWalk
Comedian Joan Ford scoping out her post-apocalyptic hideout of choice a.k.a. Universal CityWalk
Taylor Orci

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"Let's get one thing straight, ladies, the goal of this book isn't to force you into some box," reads the intro to Joan Ford's new book: Killing It: An Action Girl's Guide to Saving the World (While Looking Hot). "There could never be just one type of woman... there are actually seven types of women. Exactly seven." 

Punch! Slay! Save the Day! All in 5 inch heels.
Punch! Slay! Save the Day! All in 5 inch heels.

Ford loves action movies, but when it comes to female action heroes, she thinks they come off pretty 2-dimensional, passive and well, dumb.

In her new book, Joan lampoons female tropes and stereotypes while still holding reverence for the action genre she loves.

In one of her first interviews as an out trans woman, Joan talked to Taylor Orci about two of her favorite things: Gender, and the end of the world.

Killing It: The Action Girl's Guide to Saving the World (While Looking Hot) from Devastator Press is out now. You can get your own copy here.