The first one came last Thursday:
The Illinois Choice Action Team is looking for volunteers to help canvass movie night in Grant Park! We had a lot of fun doing it last year and so we would like to take part in the closing event for the summer. We will be gathering signatures for the REAL Act and passing out pro-choice materials. Come join the Party! The movie starts at 8:00, so we will canvass from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I checked the ten day weather forecast, and it looks like Tuesday will be a nice day and evening.
Date: 8/28/07 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Meetup: SE Corner of Adams and Michigan ave - Chicago
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie: Aug. 28: 8:01 p.m. [Movie Title Omitted -JJ]
Hope to see you there!
Illinois Choice Action Team
Illinois Choice Action Team Is a Committed Group of Volunteers Advancing NARAL Pro-Choice America's Mission.
Guess what's playing tonight:
If These Walls Could Talk?
The Cider House Rules?
No, no, and no.
Give up? It's only, like, one of the most pro-family movies ever: The Sound of Music.
Good luck with your canvassing there, Team.
The other movie-related e-mail came today to my work e-mail address:
Dear Pro-Life Action League,
My name is [Name Withheld]; I work for an independent documentary production company in New York called Zohe FIlms. Our new documentary film, FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago Sept 14-18. While I recognize that your organization's members may not agree with some of the subject matter of this film, we here are Zohe FIlms would like to encourage an audience of diverse opinions in order to encourage a rich discussion after the viewing. We hope to include the Pro-Life Action League community in our dialogue and we'd be happy to offer a few complimentary tickets to see the film! I would also be greatly appreciative of any advice you can offer me on how to create good buzz for our Chicago screenings.
Here's a brief description of the documentary:
"The film takes as a hypothesis that owning and controlling one's own sexuality is the center of a woman's power and self. It also hypothesizes that the inverse is true: if a woman does not control the emotional and sexual life of her own body, she cannot be fully empowered. With all the advances that women have made for themselves, patriarchal systems still exists across the globe. Rarely is a woman fully in control of her own body or her own fate. Often and in some cultures, the subjugation is overt—female genital mutilation, the veil, lack of access to abortion, dowry, and rape as a tool of warfare. Just as often it is insidious—social condemnation of women who take joy in their sexuality, harassment defended as "harmless" flirtation, legislation prohibiting sexual education in schools and the consequences of the subsequent lack of knowledge, the equation of "female" or "feminine" with weak, incompetent or emotionally volatile."
The New York Times described "Flying" as: "playful, sexy, tragic and contemplative" and an "addictive soap about sexuality and sisterhood".
For more information, please check out the website (and trailer) at www.flyingconfessions.com.
Please don't hesitate to contact me...
Thank you so much for your time.
So lack of access to abortion is on a par with female genital mutilation and rape?
I think I'll have to decline the invitation to be part of the "dialogue" for a whole host of reasons -- not the least of which is that this movie sounds astonishingly unoriginal.
I'm reminded of something Chesterton said:
My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.
Something Mark Shea wrote a few months back also comes to mind:
Reminds me of when my old priest went, at the request of some local media, to see "The Last Temptation of Christ". The reporters, a herd of Independent Thinkers if ever there was one, clustered around him awaiting the fevered denunciations and cries of blasphemy after it was all over.
He told them he'd drifted off to sleep halfway through, it was so dull.
Heretics never seem to get that heresy is stupefyingly boring.