Photos: James Cameron's feminist films
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( Mark Fellman )
By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Who would have thought James Cameron would turn out to be one of the strongest feminist voices in contemporary cinema, and yet he is.
It's not merely that his films are populated by strong women -- they've been saving mankind since his first, 1978's 12-minute sci-fi short "Xenogenesis." What makes him a potent feminist force is the way he rides the mood swings and internal debates of the movement's second and third waves, exploring what women want, how they define themselves and how society values their worth, albeit a bit sneakily and usually in some future world.