During the 80's a slew of masculine women were thrown into the plots of action, horror, science fiction movies. Many conformed to the trend set in place by Ripley in Alien and it sequels. But what attributes force Ripley to stand out? Is she really presenting a version of femininity that provides a more authentic vision of what how a woman would be in similar situations?
Quickly everyone dies, leaving Ripley to fend for herself. She makes her way to escape shuttle, and strips in order to get ready for hyper-sleep. But the Alien has snuck on board, and Ripley hatches a wild scheme to get the Alien off the ship. She opens the hatches and used a grappling hook to push the Alien into space. But when the door closes it catches the line and the tethering the Alien to the ship. Does this scene not reenact a kind of birth? The alien is tossed violently into space and held tightly to her mother by an umbilical cord.