August 27th 2008 06:07
The phrase is French for "deadly woman". A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, and sexual allure. Typically, she is exceptionally well-endowed with these qualities. In some situations she uses lying or coercion rather than charm. She may also be (or imply to be) a victim, caught in a situation from which she cannot escape. Her characteristic weapon, if needed, is frequently poison, which also serves as a metaphor for her charms.
I wouldn't mind being done over by any of these women, build my gallows high, I say! But watch out, I may just get off on a double indemnity! But seriously folks, whose gun would I have under my pillow and whose boots by the side of my bed? I can't answer that one, for fear of incriminating myself even further ... Although there is something dangerous about that corset! Hmmm, all of 'em, all at once! Guilty as charged officer.