I was reading Two Lazy Dogs blog the other day and she mentioned that she had gone to see a film called, I think, “Enchanted”. She also said that she would not be bringing her daughter to see anymore films that taught little girls about romantic love because of the illusion it taught them about the “Knight in Shinning Armor”. I absolutely agree with her on this point and I blogged about it at length in a post called, “How the Media Distorts Our Perception of Romance“. I was thinking a lot about what she said and was wondering if there were any movies out there that could teach girls about the truth and then last night I noticed that a great movie called, “Grace of My Heart” was on. If you read online reviews of the movie you will no doubt see that the story is loosely based on the life of Carole King, etc and you will notice that there are some great songs, but what the reviews won’t tell you is that the main character is a woman who dismisses her own talents everytime a new man enters her life. She subjugates herself for love and the idea of romance and as a result of this she experiences a lot of pain. I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say that she finally does triumph over the illusion while still just hanging on a bit as I think we all do! I think all women should watch this film since it demonstrates on some level how we ignore our own talents while in the rapture of love. There is a great scene by the pool towards the end of the movie where John Turturro really, “tells it like it is”! If you haven’t already seen it I would say to give it a look and tell me what you think!
For more on how sex and roles are portrayed in the media I found a couple good YouTube videos that put these issues in a nutshell also worth watching since they are short, but concise: