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Wimpettes, on the other hand, are invested in masochism, subterfuge, low ethical standards, and men who will give them identities. Holly Hunter's character in "The Piano" is a wimpette par excellence-she betrays her husband (and daughter) because she "just needs to get laid." Other mothers, sisters, and friends fare slightly better but fail the "brave dames" test because their lives are defined by men. Isaacs falters on her own test when she sets males as the standard in comparing buddy films,e.g., "Midnight Cowboy" vs. "Thelma and Louise." A lightweight overview of women in film, fiction, and video, but the author offers a challenge: Look closely. Is driving a bus over the speed limit really an example of the best a woman can be?