Saturday, October 30, 2004

"Ray" and Roles for Women

I saw the movie Ray yesterday. It’s a great movie! But more that that, it is a showcase for the power of the dignity of women. There are three in particular; Ray’s mother, wife and a Raelette, Margie. All exert a forceful presence. The funniest moment in the movie is when Margie lets him have it during the genesis of Hit the Road Jack.

Every child has spent years under the tutelage of a woman, his mother. Used effectively, women have great power to civilize. It’s too bad roles for grown women are so scarce. In it’s own way, this is a real indictment of the sexist gangsta lifestyle of the rapper genre. It also hints at the missing element in a sub-culture populated by so many single teenage mothers.


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