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TYPECASTING IN ACTION. While male actors are routinely cast to convey a 'unique' individuality, young women in television dramas often embody a generic ideal, even in conjunction with attempts to represent a variety of ethnic types. On CBS sleuth series, "Without a Trace," this is evident in the two glamorous female FBI agents who bring boilerplate ideals of beauty into the field. As members of the Missing Person Squad, and serving as aesthetic bookends, Agents Smantha Spade (played by Poppy Montgomery) and Elena Delgado (Roselyn Sanchez) provide one more example of standardization in the name of diversity. Targetting audiences without a trace of difference.

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