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"Simone L. Fary" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 24 Jul 1996 10:08:44 -0400
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        I too am bothered by the escalation of violence in
popular culture.  The other day we say a low budget "comedy"
called "Bound and Gagged", which like the Coen brother's
Fargo, showed scenes of violence, and then comedy.  I found
it impossible to giggle at a joke after seeing a rape,
cold blooded slaying etc., but apparently alot of people
don't have this problem.
        The movie also contained fairly explicit scenes of
sex.  The group I saw it with didn't find any of it erotic,
and some even said the sex scenes were "boring" - more
"mechanical" and "acrobatic" then titilating.  It's sad that
we are so exposed to sex and violence that it becomes boring
to us.
        However, while it seemed sad that we were becoming
numb to screen violence by being over-exposed to it, I was
used to dismissing its possible consequences.  Recently,
however I heard a radio interview with a professor who
specializes in military
history and psychology.  He felt that what we are doing to
our children as a culture by exposing them to violence was
the equivalent to what a modern military does in wearaing
down the natural resistance of its recruits to engaging
in killing and other acts of violence.  He was really
disturbed by the situation, which made me also wonder
about it with a different perspective.
Simone Fary, who always has to end quickly in order not
to have her computer turned off by her toddler
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