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Murdering Women For Entertainment

In the last decade alone, movie-makers have raped, murdered and mutilated more women than all the serial killers combined. Worse yet, they went about it and continue to do so with the same sadistic enthusiasm as the monsters they pretend to revile. Directors and writers have skinned “The Silence of the Lambs,” gang-raped “The General’s Daughter,” dissected “From Hell,” disemboweled “Quills” and snuffed women out “8 Millimeter.” Actor Anthony Hopkins is shown after attending a lunch at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, July 19, 2000. Hopkins reprises the role of psychiatrist-turned-psychopath Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in the film “Hannibal,” the sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs,” much of which is being shot in the Richmond Area. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown) But to hear them tell it, their movies aren’t really bloodthirsty fantasies. They’re statements on censorship, materialism or the media. Truth be told, many are merely tarted-up slasher movies that have oozed into the mainstream. Pictures that would once have played at drive-ins now play in neighborhood theaters, rate multi-million dollar

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Millennial Men: The Product of Mass Marketing, Technology and Testosterone

Mick Jagger had it wrong: You can always get what you want. These days all our desires are gratified instantly. Seven-Eleven has become 24-seven. The Sabbath is for shopping and Christmas comes every day. There’s everything to do, but little of it matters in a society devoted to, divided by and dying of acquisition. Everywhere we turn, somebody is selling something: Movies, television, magazine covers, spam, telemarketers, catalogs, Jesus fish, celebrity shills, arenas named for corporations. “The media begins to mold us before we’re out of kindergarten,” writes David Denby in The New Yorker. “By the time they are 5 or 6, [children] have been pulled into the marketplace. They’re on their way to becoming not citizens but consumers.” No wonder obesity, STDs and credit card debt are America’s trendiest new diseases. No wonder we have become so numb we have to pierce our tongues. With few exceptions, the Hollywood mainstream shuns tales of rampant materialism unless the Grinch is involved. Given astronomical budgets and marketing costs, studios can’t afford to risk income from their

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