Background information. Palandine is:
*Between 25 and 35 years old
I was bored last night and had to do some editing, so for background noise and since nothing else was on, I turned on a movie on the Lifetime Network (Television for Women [TM]). It was called “Liar, Liar” (NOT the Jim Carrey version :eek:) and it was about a 12-year-old girl who accused her father of anally sodomizing her over a period of years. Of course, no one believed her and her family turned against her.
I guess, this being Lifetime, I should have expected the subject matter, but the plot twist was incredible–in the last 30 minutes of the film, it’s revealed that the father has raped ALL of his children (four of them) and had started in on his daughter’s son while he was staying with her during the trial. It was simply weird, hard to describe. I’m not familiar with sex abuse (thank God), but this seemed to stretch the limits of credulity. On the stand one of the lawyers asks the mother what their sex life is like, and after much hemming and hawing she says “very active,” with the obvious body language that that’s not how she likes it.
I saw another Lifetime film the other week (mainly because it had Park Overall in it, and I think she’s cool), and it was just as odd. Her ex-husband had custody of her son for a weekend and ended up abducting him for 10 years, abusing him wretchedly in the process. Overall eventually gets him back, and he’s basically turned autistic. The rest of the movie is about her attempts to get help for her son, while the new husband is no help at all and actually moves out for a few months because he can’t deal.
Here’s the MPSIMS: Why on earth is this supposed to appeal to me as a woman? I LIKE men, but I have yet to see a program, any program, on Lifetime that presents them as anything other than the enemy:
*They’ll sodomize your kids
*They’ll abuse your children
*They won’t be there to support you when you need it
*When you’re married to one, he expects you to occasionally satisfy his vile, sticky urges
It’s one thing to be pro-woman. It’d be great if they had shows about how to improve one’s professional life, how to prioritize time, and the like. It’s even okay to buy into the Oprahfication of society, if that’s your thing, but would any other network stay in business that thrived on presenting negative stereotypes of a group of people the way Lifetime portrays men? I find myself watching it more and more, simply amazed at the world-view it protrays to its viewers. What must a woman who watches Lifetime regularly think about the world and the men around her?