Cinema: Dark Nights for the Libido

Two new films brave the storm against violent sex

Porn is the theory; rape is the practice." This is the rallying cry of a new breed of activists convinced of a causal link between sexual violence in movies and the physical violence that men too often unleash on women. Aroused or desensitized by images of erotic domination, the argument goes, men may follow the examples set onscreen. Thus movies containing scenes of sexual violence are criminal violations—if not of the obscenity statutes, then of women's civil rights. And this applies to slasher movies...

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