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The media and female sexuality

September 21, 2008

SUNDAY'S story about the film "Towelhead" ["If He Gets It Right, You'll Squirm," by Matthew DeBord, Sept. 14] referred to (male) critics describing it as exploitative and kiddie porn.

That's how I felt about the same writer's "American Beauty," with the creepy middle-aged male fantasy of large-breasted artsy girl and virginal cheerleader. I didn't like that film. It made me uncomfortable, and I didn't relate to anything in it.

"Towelhead," on the other hand, seemed to be checking off a list of "actual" sexual experiences and issues I remember having as a girl and a teenager. I felt grateful and surprised that these things were being articulated for me on screen.

As a now middle-aged woman myself, I feel like I've spent a lifetime drowning in the goofy Playboy-esque cringe-fest that passes for female sexuality in our loony-tunes media. In fact, it seems that whenever something akin to real female sexuality is represented in the media, it's the male critics who are doing all the cringing.

Welcome to my world, boys.

Angie Wilde

Hollywood

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