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Empowered Women With Great Racks

Let's start off by talking about Charlie's Angels. It was ostensibly Mission: Impossible with a feminist bent. Three women relegated to gender assigned roles become globetrotting crime fighters, using subterfuge to put things right that once went wrong and hoping each time their next leap...wait. Anyway, the women operated independently in the field, relying chiefly on their wits and wiles to pull off the mission.

Surprised that the show wasn't just about watching asses and tits jiggle? Well, you're not alone!

Regardless of what the show wanted to be, it was presented as something that had guys around the nation doing boxer tucks (boxer tuck - n. a technique for disguising an erection, such as walking with your school books in front of you or altering your posture while sitting). It's known for the beautiful women, not for anything resembling a plot. It was sex appeal, plain and simple.

When the movie version of Charlie's Angels was made, any pretense of the women being empowered agents was abandoned. They were there to look sexy for the viewer, and that's it. Somehow, Drew Barrymore once again sold this as a female empowerment fantasy like she did Ever After (uh...that's a feminist empowerment movie...how?), and it spawned a host of imitators. Among them were attempts to make Charlie's Angels wholesome without abandoning gender trappings (Totally Spies, a pretty blatant rip-off). For those who specifically wanted something that pushed their sexual buttons, they got this:

Comic nuts will recognize this a J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl. Sort of like Charlie's Angels, only with an international spy organizaion (more like James Bond) than the private enterprise of Charlie. While the Charlie's Angels TV show just showed beautiful women, the movies divided the women into sexual archetypes based on physical characteristics -- tits, ass, or hair. Danger Girl took this a step further and divided the crew into sexual archetypes based on fantasy figures -- dominatrix, athletic, or "All this and brains, too." Say what you will, Campbell draws sexy women, and it's been enough to make it a long running series.

And now, apparently, a movie.

JC Spink is a producer who has secured the rights to make a Danger Girl movie. No script, no talent attached, but he does claim to have three actresses interested (not signed, just interested) in being in the movie -- Milla Jovavich, Kate Beckinsale, and Sofia Vergara. All of whom have appeared in magazines like Maxim and frequently finish in the Top 100 Hotties lists.

After all the cheap special effects demo reels with no plot, it's nice to see quality filmmaking making a comeback.

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