Contexts of Reception/Representation ( Charlie’s Angels vs. Run Lola Run) Fuck Toy style

Female Fuck Toys – Contexts of Reception/Representation

Charlie’s Angels vs. Run Lola Run

Chloe Choe

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The 2001 version of “Charlie’s Angels” generates a new era of “girl power” to young female audiences. As a trio of attractive female detectives employed by the Charles Townsend Agency go on and fight crime, the Angels are identified as women who use their gender and sexuality to overcome obstacles in a “man’s world”. As a viewer, this film is written and filmed from the eyes of a male director of how he would perceive women fighting crime. The sexual innuendos that the Angels have upon the emotionally and physically vulnerable men are quite apparent throughout the film. Thus, I would say the Angels epitomize the Hollywood version of a female “fuck toy” representation through their provocative actions and attire. Viewers from various ranges of age and demographics would find this film thrilling and action-packed. But because of its ample usage of action and sexual overtones, I would assume that this film is geared towards the young audience. For young female audience, they would consider this movie as a “girl power” film where they would get inspired by the characters’ glamorous, crime-fighting skills and disregard the erotic messages of the film. On the other hand, the heterosexual, male audience would be lured in on the action-packed violence and the female sexual innuendos of the movie. Both responses from the young audience reflect how commercially induced the Hollywood industry is. The director has done a successful job on delivering a message of female empowerment through the male perspective. But for the viewers who question the connection between femininity and a male’s perception of femininity can be quite troubling to find the fine line between those two themes. The representations of each angel might imply that she is intelligent, independent, and physically fit, but the way the director depicted each character through sexual visuals might leave the audience questioning the true intentions of the film itself. Are these depictions benefiting gender equality or ruining it?

Run Lola Run

Although “Run Lola Run” was created by a male director, the film abandon’s all mainstream representations of how Hollywood media would portray a female fighting fuck toy. The interesting aspect of this movie is that the gender roles have been switched. The story plot goes against the traditional love story film where the female character plays a hero while her boyfriend plays a damsel in distress. Unlike the signature “girl power” film where it focuses on empowering femininity, but restricts itself to the patriarchal confines, the director of “Run Lola Run” neglects the female role and neutralizes her character through a more androgynous clothing attire and role. The movie is intended for a various range of viewers, where each episode of the movie offers a different outcome resulting from a different story plot approach to the conflict within gender roles. From the three different episode, the viewer has the option to choose which episode provided the most rational outcome, yet with a satisfying story plot. The final segment of the movie delivers a message to the audience a sense of resolution within the gender equality, with a possible narrative that abstains from the stereotypical gender roles. The director did a fine job depicting a balance between male and female characteristics within Lola and her boyfriend, that enables the viewer to watch the movie not from a certain gender perspective, but from a perspective of the general viewer. The representation of Lola is not like the typical Hollywood style version of a “female fuck toy” but rather unravels a quality to the depiction that “female fuck toys” do not always have to be visually sexual or be restricted to a certain look in order to entertain and lure the audience.