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Skewed Messages in 'The Accused'

November 20, 1988

I am amazed that a woman could have such a skewed view of what society does or does not approve of ("Frightening Messages From the Movies," by Charlotte Low Allen, Nov. 13).

If Allen will only turn on her television set at almost any hour of the day or night she will see examples of male aggression of which our society approves: football, boxing, wrestling, hockey, etc.

How about the aggressiveness of journalists and stock market traders? What "The Accused" makes an effort to neutralize by shining the bright light of recognition upon it, is male criminal behavior.

There is one example of positive masculine behavior in the film; any more would have diluted the message. The rape scene is long and difficult to watch for anyone of sensitivity; any less would have diluted the message.

I know nothing about Halloween except to carve a jack-o'-lantern to keep the evil spirits away for another year.

E. M. BECKMAN

Los Angeles

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