"Aliens," the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 stage-setter, arrived in 1986 after Betty Friedan's argument in "The Feminine Mystique" -- that having a husband and bearing his children did not a woman make -- had gained traction in the cultural conversation. Cameron echoed that in Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, dropping her into the male action hero model as warrior and protector, a machine gun on one hip, a rescued child on the other.
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