Letters from our readers
I thoroughly agree with your list of 10 must-see summer movies. Now, if only some of your recommended films would be showing in my part of New Jersey. Broken Flowers, Junebug, and 2046 are all playing only in select cities. Hustle & Flow and Murderball are also not playing in my area. Looks like The 40 Year-Old Virgin will probably be the only one of your picks I’ll get to see locally. Thank God for DVDs, as one can finally view mature films instead of dreck like Deuce Bigalow.
Over the Shop
For Sophie Kinsella to try and distance herself from the chick-lit label by saying ”sometimes it’s used as a name for brainless slop written by a total moron to be read by other total morons” while she tries ”to rise above it” is ludicrous (”Sophie Kinsella Talks Shop”). Last time I attempted to read one of her Shopaholic books, she embraced every one of the chick-lit stereotypes (e.g., hapless heroine pursues man and material possessions for completion of her empty existence). To insult her readers so she can pretend to be a Virginia Woolf in designer sheep’s clothing is like biting the French-manicured hand that feeds her.
Lake Worth, Fla.
I am alarmed by the increase in violence against female characters on TV (”Femmes Fatal,” News & Notes). What kind of society declares outrage over a bare nipple, yet regards a savage rape scene as harmless entertainment? While I thank Jennifer Armstrong for pointing out such absurdity, one of her other comments disturbed me. She wrote that unlike horror movies aimed at men, procedural TV dramas have many female viewers who may not want to watch violence against women. Are we to believe, then, that it’s perfectly healthy for men to enjoy watching such brutality? And would violence against male characters be any less offensive? We all need to question why so many of us find violence entertaining.
Producers of shows that traffic in graphic violence against women are being disingenuous when they imply that such violence is open to interpretation: ”…it’s just a woman getting her nails clipped,” said Jeff Davis, creator of Criminal Minds. They are purposefully showing sexual violence against women to attract and titillate viewers. For various reasons, such violence against women sells, unlike sexual violence against men, which would be seen as emasculating. Since the people who make these shows don’t take any responsibility for the content, one can only hope the viewers will, by turning the channel.
All of this hoopla about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is funny to me (News & Notes). This game has been out for almost a year, and now senators are concerned about San Andreas? And why? Because of sexual content. They apparently have no problem with a videogame that awards points for running from the police, carjacking, stealing, and shooting people to get ahead. Nah, that’s okay. Kids can see that…they just can’t have sex!
Grand Prairie, Tex.