Sensuality in the movies from a long time ago

Paul Newman is great as the slightly dangerous outsider trying to seduce the cool-as-a-cucumber Joanne Woodward in The Long, Hot Summer. Tennessee Williams knew how to show the truth of family and intimate relationships.

<BR><BR>Amazing to see the overwhelming, rich father trying to direct people's lives–especially forcing his "spinster" daughter to marry the outsider because he wants sons. Extraordinary to think of how many women's lives were at the mercy of the societal mores.

I'm reminded of a South American movie I saw once (got it out of the library) in which the father of his single daughter says to his friend, "Single women represent chaos. They belong only in a nunnery or in a marriage."

<BR><BR>Well, society is changing. With 51% of American women single today, we have to re-examine the meaning of being single.


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