Inness, Sherrie A., ed. Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 293pp. ISBN 1403964033 (cloth), 1403963967 (paper). 
Part I: Changing Images of the Female Action Hero
  1. Lara's Lethal and Loaded Mission: Transposing reproduction and Destruction, by Claudia Herbst ... 21
  2. Gender, Sexuality, and Toughness: The Bad Girls of Action Films and Comic Books, by Jeffrey A. Brown ... 47
  3. "It's a Girl Thing": Tough Female Action Figures in the Toy Store, by Sherry A. Inness ... 75
  4. Embodying an Image: Gender, race, and Sexuality in La Femme Nikita, by Charlene Tung ... 95
  5. Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Defiant Women, Decadent Men, Objects of Power, and Witchblade, by David Greven ... 123
  6. The Cruelest Season: Female Heroes Snapped into Sacrificial Heroines, by Sara Crosby ... 153
Part II: New Images of Toughness
  1. No Cage Can Hold Her Rage? Gender, Transgression, and the World Wrestling Federation's Chyna, by Dawn Heinecken ... 181
  2. Tough Love: Mamas, Molls, and Mob Wives, by Marilyn Yaquinto ... 207
  3. Tough Love: Female Firendship and Heroism in Xena and Buffy, by Sharon Ross ... 231
  4. Little Miss Tough Chick of the Universe: Farscape's Inverted Sexual Dynamics, by Renny Christopher ... 257

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