My day definitely had a theme, because I saw, heard, or read four different takes on it. The theme was sexual abuse of women and girls, starting with this column by Nicholas Kristof, progressing to the movie “Precious,” then listening to Eve Ensler talk about girls and the challenges they face, finally capping off my unusual day with another movie, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” They all interacted in my mind, leading to the conclusion that it would help to have more discussion of this difficult topic.
Kristof, a New York Times columnist, often writes about abuse of women as it occurs in undeveloped countries; he may even be the go-to authority on the subject.
The movie “Precious” is nominated for best picture this year, and should be a strong contender. Despite what you may have heard, “Precious” has an optimistic component and goes beyond simply being a horror story (photograph above is of the main character, Precious).
Eve Ensler began a discussion of what it means to be female with the wildly successful “Vagina Monologues,” and continues to champion the cause of openness and full discussion of women’s issues.
Finally, Tyler Perry adds humor (and singing!) to the mix, but nevertheless takes sexual abuse very seriously in “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” No Academy Award nominations for this one, but I liked it.
My hope for this brief post is that you check out some of these four examples, give the topic a lot of thought, and do what you can to make the world a kinder and better place.