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Helen Mellett "The eyes of others our prisons;
Reference Services Librarian their thoughts our cages."
North Central College ---Virginia Woolf
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Helen Mellett writes:
> I do not find women toting guns and being macho disturbing. What I deteste
> is the portrayal of women with strong sexual drives and desires as psychotic
> and or murderers! What is this saying? Sexuality = Mental Illness?????
> Glenn Close, _Fatal Attraction_, Sharon Stone, _Basic Instinct_ and Madonna,
> _Body of Evidence_. These are only the obvious choices. Any others?
It seems that the repressed psycho-bitch is something of a sub-genre or
perhaps a stock character in films from Rebecca (who can forget the evil
Mrs. Danvers who also seemed to have been coded as sexually dysfunctional
or lesbian) to Single White Female and the Hand That Rocks the Cradle.