Unfortunately, the E/Zombie fans are not really my target
I like Mac's rant on the "powerful woman" myth. I didn't realize the extent of the Ripley effect until I read this:
"A little bit of history for you: The "powerful woman" myth was born in pop culture in 1986, in the persona of Ellen Ripley. I make that 21 years. Our species has stood in it's present form for roughly 35,000 years. (NOT counting Neanderthal, and Cro Magnon before that) So I make this out to be .06% of the time. For the remaining 99.94% of our existence, men have been taking care of business just fine.
Mysteriously, up until the night before "Aliens" made it's theatrical debut in 1986 women still seemed to trip and fall while fleeing monsters, or zombies. However, the next morning, the myth of the strong female character was born, and they were able singly-handedly defeat a colony of horrible aliens, while men cowered, and whimpered in corners. (Hey, what's that whirring sound? Sounds like...Charles Darwin, spinning in his grave!)
Naw, dude... Chicks don't think about how to defend the homestead against zombies. They're still too busy gathering."
For the record, I receive TONS of zombie-related e-mail. There must be a reason... zombie romance... zombie romance....