A little addition to my earlier post (“Quantum of Bias“) about sexism in the new James Bond movie–the latest issue (December 2008) of Harper’s Bazaar magazine features a photo shoot entitled “Bond. Jane Bond.” In which Sarah Silverman plays the role of Bond in a sort of tongue in cheek spoof of the archetype. I don’t want to make any arguments that this subverts any of the stereotypes I discussed in my original post or changes the discourse in any meaningful way–I don’t think it does. More than anything, it’s just silly. On some level I think the argument could be made that spoofing the archetype with Silverman as Bond highlights the strong element of the ridiculous inherent in the Bond movies. But I don’t think I’m even willing to go that far. After all, I definitely don’t think Harper’s Bazaar tends to operate on the level of subversive social/cultural commentary when conceiving ideas for fashion spreads. But in any case, you can look at the photos here.
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