From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies
Controversial and genuinely original, "From Reverence to Rape" takes a tough look at sex and sexism in the movies and, in so doing, tells us as much about our culture and ourselves as it does about our films. For the treatment of women in the movies is more than a question of art or entertainment. If films have flattered and amused us, reflecting our most cherished beliefs, they have also distorted truth and reinforced delusions, perpetuating stereotypes and molding values. "From Reverence to Rape" is, then, both a portrait of our past and an interpretation of our present. In the force of its argument, it is perhaps also a signpost for the future.