Has anyone gone to the movies recently?

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Has anyone gone to the movies recently?

While the Har­vey Wein­stein cul­ture wars play out, I made a quick sur­vey among friends, and asked, “When was the last time you went to see a movie in a theater?”

Out of ten peo­ple, only two had been to a movie the­ater in 2017. Three hadn’t been to a cin­ema for so long they didn’t even remem­ber whether it was 5 years ago or longer. One replied, “When Nixon was president.”

When I asked, “When was the last time you watched a movie at home?” nine of the ten had watched at least one film in the past week (the Nixon­ian had watched three) and the one who hadn’t was away on a busi­ness trip with no spare time.

I don’t know if this is because of our demo­graphic (all sur­veyed are at least 40 years old), but you don’t go out on a limb when you sur­mise that the film indus­try will greatly con­tinue to influ­ence pop­u­lar cul­ture for the fore­see­able future, regard­less of cin­ema attendance.

Andrew Kla­van believes that the whole Hol­ly­wood sys­tem is built to keep the silence.

Kla­van adds,

One of my big beefs against fem­i­nism is that it tells men that it’s sex­ist for them to feel pro­tec­tive towards women, so all you’ve left after that, is Har­vey Wein­stein and all the men that are too weak to stand up against them.”

It’s not just Hollywood.

Years ago I audited a class at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity on the his­tory of the Amer­i­can musi­cal. One day a guest speaker, whose own show had been on Broad­way, came for a question-​and-​answer ses­sion. When asked about the cast­ing couch, he replied, “go for it.”

Audi­tors at PU are like chil­dren in Vic­to­rian times, “seen but not heard,” so I did not have the oppor­tu­nity to express my dis­gust. I won­der what some of the par­ents dish­ing out $60,000+/yr for their PU stu­dent would think of the speaker encour­ag­ing their expensively-​educated chil­dren to pros­ti­tute themselves.

Hol­ly­wood may have lost the right to lec­ture any­one, but Michelle Gold­berg wants to get rid of the men, “If there must be bosses, fewer of them should be men.” In case you must put up with men, they should be gay, because,

Obvi­ously, female bosses can be abu­sive and can cre­ate cul­tures where abu­sive behav­ior toward under­lings is tol­er­ated. But women may face less harass­ment at com­pa­nies with fewer straight men at the top.

What about men being harassed by gay men, men harassed by women, or women harassed by les­bians, then? I guess she’d just stick to “If there must be bosses, fewer of them should be men” as a cure-​all.

Gold­berg suf­fers from what I call toxic fem­i­nism, which solves nothing.

The answer to evil­do­ing by preda­tors is integrity and respect — and law-​abiding good men (and women) who stand against the preda­tors and their enablers.

Now. that would be a long-​term win in the cul­ture wars.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

While the Harvey Weinstein culture wars play out, I made a quick survey among friends, and asked, “When was the last time you went to see a movie in a theater?”

Out of ten people, only two had been to a movie theater in 2017. Three hadn’t been to a cinema for so long they didn’t even remember whether it was 5 years ago or longer. One replied,  “When Nixon was president.”

When I asked, “When was the last time you watched a movie at home?” nine of the ten had watched at least one film in the past week (the Nixonian had watched three) and the one who hadn’t was away on a business trip with no spare time.

I don’t know if this is because of our demographic (all surveyed are at least 40 years old), but you don’t go out on a limb when you surmise that the film industry will greatly continue to influence popular culture for the foreseeable future, regardless of cinema attendance.

Andrew Klavan believes that the whole Hollywood system is built to keep the silence.

Klavan adds,

“One of my big beefs against feminism is that it tells men that it’s sexist for them to feel protective towards women, so all you’ve left after that, is Harvey Weinstein and all the men that are too weak to stand up against them.”

It’s not just Hollywood.

Years ago I audited a class at Princeton University on the history of the American musical. One day a guest speaker, whose own show had been on Broadway, came for a question-and-answer session. When asked about the casting couch, he replied, “go for it.”

Auditors at PU are like children in Victorian times, “seen but not heard,” so I did not have the opportunity to express my disgust. I wonder what some of the parents dishing out $60,000+/yr for their PU student would think of the speaker encouraging their expensively-educated children to prostitute themselves.

Hollywood may have lost the right to lecture anyone, but Michelle Goldberg wants to get rid of the men, “If there must be bosses, fewer of them should be men.” In case you must put up with men, they should be gay, because,

Obviously, female bosses can be abusive and can create cultures where abusive behavior toward underlings is tolerated. But women may face less harassment at companies with fewer straight men at the top.

What about men being harassed by gay men, men harassed by women, or women harassed by lesbians, then? I guess she’d just stick to “If there must be bosses, fewer of them should be men” as a cure-all.

Goldberg suffers from what I call toxic feminism, which solves nothing.

The answer to evildoing by predators is integrity and respect – and law-abiding good men (and women) who stand against the predators and their enablers.

Now. that would be a long-term win in the culture wars.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog