Miss Pym and a Friend

Miss Pym and a Friend

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"I am Excellent Woman, and I Pack Heat" Charlie's Angels

Over the last few months, I've caught up with Charlie's Angels on Cozi TV.  I confess to never having seen many episodes when they were on prime time.  I was always, always studying at night. To me, the concept seemed like "Bimbo with a gun," though I admired Jaclyn Smith, and I still like her clothing like at K-Mart (Yes, K-Mart!).

They just seemed silly, and I used to make fun of Farrah Fawcett Majors, calling her "Farrah Fawcett Drip."  I changed my opinion of her long before she lost a very brave battle with cancer. I used to  love watching "Good Sports" with Ryan O'Neal, and loved her with A. Martinez in "Criminal Behaviors.'

In hindsight, I probably wasn't paying that much attention.  Now, I watch when I can. All the actresses who played in the series went on to do other things, and Kate Jackson has been a favorite of mine since "Dark Shadows" [one day, I have to post about "Excellent Monsters!"] They all six have proved to be versatile actresses, and Smith went on to a successful business career.  In the show, they are beautiful, even conventionally so, but they are all different in their tastes, all smart, all brave, all good detectives.  They did a lot for women, like me, who now work in criminal justice and legal professions.  Their clothes are still tasteful, but not frilly or silly.  They encouraged women to defend themselves, to seek nontraditional careers, to build teams, friendships, and professions.

Pym would have approved, somehow, I'm sure.  These are witty, clever, beautiful women, the kind she liked to write about, the kind she was.

They prove intelligence can go a long way, but that an attractive woman isn't all about sex appeal and men.  They took a lot of ribbing when the show was being filmed, and some bad press.That 30 years later or so, people of all genders and ages still want to watch them, well, it speaks tomes.

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