Actress Jennifer Lawrence — making headlines and raking in big bucks for filmmakers as Katniss Everdeen, the kickass protagonist of the Hunger Games — has been photographed a zillion times. Most of the time she looks like a normal young woman, or a slightly dolled-up and beautiful young woman. All the interviews I’ve read with the actress make her sound smart and savvy but not jaded.But there’s also a raft of photos that turn her into a Vap — my name for the vapid, open-mouthed pose that some magazine photo editors seem to love. On Twitter, one person compared the Vap pose to a blow-up doll. (Her words were actually a little less printable than that.)
Why do strong women get turned into Vaps? Presumably in order to make men feel they are not only desirable but passive.
Contrast that with Lawrence’s roles as the protagonist of the fine film A Winter’s Bone, or of course with Katniss Everdeen, the hero Lawrence is playing now:
Strength vs. Vap. (I even did a mini-photo-essay on Pinterest about this.) Why are we even living these dualities in 2012? And by the way, Lawrence is not “too big” (read: too fat, or just too human) to play Katniss. Sigh.