Our third “Woman of the Week” might be somewhat controversial. Given my aforementioned respect for Anna Nicole Smith, one might annoyingly wonder if Pop Feminist is an appropriate title for this blog…

Oh, “one”, don’t you get it yet?

My project is not only to highlight established feminists and feminisms but to (more importantly) vindicate amazing women and discussions that are otherwise overlooked or trivialized. You may not agree with me, but I don’t care. It’s my blog. The “comment” box is all yours. This week’s pick is the fantastic Brigitte Nielsen.

With this choice, I pose the question: can a body be feminist?

The Danish Amazon gained international exposure in the title role of the campy adventure flick Red Sonja, the first of many B-movies (notably including the doomed She-Hulk), culminating in an ongoing stint on VH1’s “celebreality”. In The Surreal Live, Strange Love and most recently Celebrity Rehab, Nielsen’s display of audacity and moral strength makes her an oddly poignant site of redemption for the otherwise carnivalesque reality programming.

I’ll take this opportunity to differentiate between “empty hole” women, who are lavished with undeserved attention, even positioned as role-models for women and girls for nothing other than beauty. The real accomplishment is, in the end, that of the business men who successfully exploit her, and the artists who photograph her; a phenomena so mediocre it’s scarcely worth more than the following brilliant observation on the ultimate “empty hole” by Wendy Lesser in her book His Other Half: Men Looking at Women Through Art:

“There’s something very depressing about setting out to write about Marilyn Monroe. It’s not that her life was so sad, or that so much has already been written about her, or that the inevitable tendency in writing about her is toward excess, exaggeration, and a certain degree of inauthenticity–though all these things are true. The problem is that the closer you look at Marilyn Monroe, the harder it is to see her….At the center of all this commotion, where there should be some tremendous motivating force, there is instead an empty hole. And that, if you take it seriously, is extremely depressing.”

Considering the “empty-hole” phenomena, is it even possible for a woman whose success is based primarily on her beauty to also be empowered in the public eye? Can a body alone be feminist? Is there not something to be said for the glorification of a beautiful form?

The answer is yes. Yes it can, yes there is. It all depends on the body my dear.

At the risk of *gasp!* objectifying a woman, I present the statuesque, athletic, imposing and empowered form of the divine Brigitte Nielsen:

Her strength, size and commanding presence dominates these photos. They transcend the pornographic and even erotic, exuding a celebratory focus on the excellence of her sexy yet robust physicality. She is masculine within femininity. Brigitte Nielsen’s spectacular form is above all powerful, and is, in itself, feminist.