2000, Video, 6:00 (Black & White, Mono)
Sweaty men may equal sexy men, but do sweaty women achieve an equal glorified beauty? As the two characters challenge themselves physically and mentally, the viewer can't help but be torn by the rawness and a seeming loss of their "femininity", and then the contrast of a beautiful boxing dancer in the knockout sequence that follows. With nothing else but the sounds of the ring, these female fighters unknowingly deconstruct the pop culture bullies we often dream of being, and put idealized aggression back into a context that lacks the pressure of Mass Media's stereotypes. Truly romanticized and appealing to watch, Pugnacious offers the viewer six minutes of intense curiosity, involvement, suspense and yes....a final champion.