In yesterday’s post I discussed how Jane Tennison inspired some of our favorite tough woman cops today like Stella Gibson. Here is a list of some of the character attributes that the two women share:
- Both Jane Tennison and Stella Gibson are of a higher ranking than most of the males in their unit. They are ambitious.
- Jane and Stella are both Detective Superintendents who refuse to back down from difficult cases.
- Stella and Jane have one night stands with men who often are much younger or older than themselves. They are in charge of their own sexuality.
- Jane Tennison and Stella Gibson both buck horns with sexist bigoted men within their police unit.
- Stella Gibson and Jane Tennison are talented interrogators who know how to put together the pieces to solve a murder.
- Both female Detective Superintendents are “work alcoholics”.
- Jane and Stella can delve into the minds of killers.
- Stella Gibson and Jane Tennison can be tough which cause their co-workers to both respect and fear them.
- The women suffer the scrutiny of being investigated because of their intensity in getting to the truth in their cases.
- Jane Tennison and Stella Gibson are both stars of their show which are about solving murders. They are feminist complex female characters.
I recommended to my feminist readers to watch both Prime Suspect and The Fall.
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