When I turned on the Oscars Sunday, I expected fashion, a spectacle, and maybe some frat-boy humor. I had no idea how willfully offensive the host would be.
As a society, we feel entitled to strip people of their privacy rights when they appear to transgress how we believe they should live their lives. In fact, we are extremely hypocritical in our approach to privacy.
An event in New York City examined the split between our authentic selves and the social rules that keep those selves at bay.
New research suggests that seeing sex in movies early is a predictor of early sexual debut and riskier sexual behavior among teens. The authors suggest that we should limit young people’s viewing of sex in movies. Maybe, but I for one have a hard time believing that simply keeping them out of the theaters is the answers.
Author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty, who wrote “The Exorcist”, is mad that Georgetown University isn’t hateful enough towards women. This shouldn’t be surprising, since he’s the author of virulent anti-woman propaganda.
I’ve written more than twenty books, but was startled by what I learned: you can raise the possibility of abortion, but it must be rejected. I hit a wall of resistance I believe is self-censorship on the part of the publishers. When a character is pregnant, whether from rape, incest, etc., so long as a baby is born, that’s acceptable. The “Juno” scenario.
The battle in Los Angeles over whether porn stars should be required to use condoms is heating up again as an AIDS activist group started collecting signatures last week for a new ballot initiative. If it gets on the ballot, the voters of Los Angeles County may get to decide how much latex we see in adult films.
Mike Huckabee cannot resist the presidential stage even though he chose not to run this year to maintain his FOX News contract. Next month he brings an anti-choice propaganda documentary to 2012 election central.
Even more than that, the women in these stories have transcended being “good female characters” who subvert stereotyps into just being good characters, period; real ones, ones whose journeys we are, sometimes to a desperate extent, obsessed with.
Part Two of the reveiw of the documentary, Let’s Talk About Sex, has some of the advice parents might need to at least begin conversations about sex with their children and teens.