From “What Happened to the Femme Fatale”, originally excerpted from “Cherchez La Femme Fatale” by Kevin Nance on Obit, by Sadie Stein on Jezebel:
“The femme fatale isn’t passive, waiting for her life to improve on its own. Instead she takes the initiative, attacking the problem with nerve, drive and intelligence. Yes, she uses cat’s-paws, rather than her own paws, to accomplish her goals. But whose fingerprints do you want on the smoking gun, yours or someone else’s? Yes, she uses her sexual power over a man to get what she wants, but power is power. She is the actor, he the acted upon. It’s she who controls her destiny, for better or worse.”
Elsewhere: [Jezebel] What Happened to the Femme Fatale.
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