Thanks to everybody for commenting. People have brought up porn here, which is
valid, but I think maybe we are thinking about porn in the wrong way.If we learn from culture, that includes movies and television, that women are
objects or lesser people, porn and its depiction of women fits right in with
what we already believe as a culture.If we taught the value of women
and the value of people in general and the importance of showing that in our
media, porn doesn't fit so well with the worldview. Learning at a young to
value women, a message we aren't getting or giving, is just as or maybe more
effective than saying "porn is bad" while demonstrating that women are
background characters.Thanks to everybody for reading.
Wonderful. I hope this director gathers abundant support.
Yak_Herder: it wasn't the ONLY reaon, but it helped. There's nothing
inherently wrong with striving to be aesthetically pleasing--research indicates
humans have an inborn preference for attractive people and things--we just have
to take care to not equate physical aesthetic and worth as a person.
JFFRI'm not a Palin supporter. But it was obvious that she was being
treated differently as a female, mother, and wife running for office than it was
for say...John Edwards. Just look at the questions she was asked, the setting in
which they were asked, and how she was portrayed in SNL. Yak_Herder...lol. Guilty.
I thought American women made great strides with Hillary Clinton and Sarah
Palin.Sure we made fun of Sarah Palin, but that's because she has a
funny accent and is sometimes incompetent NOT because she's a woman. Its the
same reason we made fun of Bush. How's that for equal treatment?My
guess is that this woman will never be satisfied.
I wonder how many people were motivated to read this article because of the
beautiful picture of Jennifer at the lead (online).Thank you for the
irony, Deseret News. :)
Sad to see the silence on this column. I wasn't at Sundance to see the film,
but the director has taken on an important issue. Hope the film makes it to the
silver screen and becomes one of those golden nuggets that originated at SD.
I appreciate anyone that wants to take on the media and try to create change.
The Real Beauty campaign by Dove is another effort to get us to look at women in
a different light. There is something to what Mom of Six has said about the
porn industry. It completely sensationalizes women and their role as a sex
figure. Society has put roles on our children. Female roles and
male roles. I do believe society teaches young girls that they should look for
true love and if they find it they will live happily ever after. What about
teaching these girls that they create their own happiness through higher
education, community service opportunites, or careers. I don't put the blame on
any sex in particular, I think men and women both need to recognize that change
needs to happen in order for society to become a better place.
Until we curb the porn industry...these sexist attitutes towards women will