Some people have taken the time to email me about some interesting stuff lately, and here it is.
Pete Segal gave this commentary/review of Horton Hears a Who on NPR the other
day. I thought it was great and thought of Hathor.
It’s a review from Peter Sagal after taking his daughters to see a Dr. Seuss movie in which the film makers thought it would be a funny embellishment for the mayor of Whoville to have 96 daughters as well as one son, and only pay attention to his son. Who saves the world. It’s like the girls exist just to show that 96 aren’t even as interesting as one boy.
Or as Wikipedia explains it, having so many daughters makes it difficult for him to pay his son the attention he deserves. Damn females always gettin’ in the way! Just put out and shut up, girls!
Come on. At least someone besides us gets it for a change. What’s interesting is how much heat the man is taking for what he said. Reminds me of C.L.’s review of Ice Age bringing thousands of people in to complain that we dare analyze a children’s movie to see what values it’s teaching kids. Don’t miss this article where Sagal talks to a screenwriter friend:
I do think [your wife]’s right that women are used to having to identify with the male protagonist, while in general the majority of men can’t return the favor. Some of this has to do with socialization, cf. ’s YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND: WOMEN AND MEN IN CONVERSATION — women are generally brought up to empathize while men are brought up to solve problems and establish hierarchy. Some of it has to do with how our culture encourages men to remain in a state of arrested development, which gives them trouble empathizing with any problem that doesn’t affect them directly (such as the many Republicans who only vote for medical research when they have a relative affected). Some of it may come from the dominant role that pro sports plays in our culture — everybody knows how to root for the Redskins, but not so many for women’s basketball/soccer/golf/tennis.
But the gender divide Tannen analyzes is something our culture creates and perpetuates. And boys can indeed empathize with girls until they’re taught not to. All we have to do is stop teaching kids that girls are decorative objects. Just like racism, sexism does not come hardwired in the brain; it’s taught.
And Liza Brice writes to tell us:
I am writing from Women Make Movies, a non-profit distributor of independent film, to let you know about the upcoming national HBO broadcast premiere of THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO, a groundbreaking documentary that exposes the systematic rape and torture of thousands of women and girls happening in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being used as a weapon of war.