Continuing with our Galloween celebrations, this week on Feminist Flashback Friday we travel back to 1967 for one of the most suspenseful movies ever made, Wait Until Dark, and the badass babe who leads the show, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn).
Who Is She?
The wife of a busy photographer and still adjusting to losing her eyesight after a car accident, Susy Hendrix is working incredibly hard to become fully self-sufficient when she’s suddenly caught up amongst a group of criminals who are after a doll, inside which is hidden a bunch of heroin. Being told a yarn about how finding the doll is crucial to her husband’s safety and then discovering that she’s caught up with dangerous criminals, Susy uses her common sense and fighting spirit to survive.
What Makes Her A Badass?
Aside from the fact that she’s a blind woman who faces off against three dangerous criminals? Susy is still learning to cope with her disability and yet she doesn’t let the frustration of having to relearn how to do everything stop her from living her life. On top of that, being put into a situation even the most able-bodied human being would have trouble dealing with, Susy ends up fighting for the life like a trooper.
To be honest, if I were in the situation Susy has been put in—facing off against three criminals while being short one sense—I wouldn’t survive. Meanwhile, Susy not only outsmarts all of them, but eventually faces off against the most dangerous one of the three in a fearfully tense and dramatic one-on-one climax.
Why Does She Still Matter Today?
The most obvious reason is that Susy is a shining example of how being handicapped doesn’t mean unable. Susy refuses to let her blindness stop her from doing her everyday things and on top of that manages to survive a break-in and save herself from almost getting killed. I know not all people with visible handicaps are like Susy because she is after all just a fictional character, but what a woman and what a reminder that “able” is a wildly fluid term.