- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Prurient flop

“The consensus about Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander’ is that the film’s splashy gay motifs could not overcome the stilted dialogue, ludicrous Irish-brogue and Count Dracula accents, and excruciating minutes of dead screen time devoted to model-like poses, secretive eye contact, and soap-opera double entendres. Stone’s apparent hope was that he could garner media hype by overt homosexual scenes of kissing and hugging. …

“In reality, the movie proved not so much scandalous as boring. The problem with Stone’s lurid sexual narrative is not his historical inaccuracies, but the movie’s obsession with sexual intrigue, which causes much of Alexander’s amazing story to be lost. …

“The sex we get from Oliver Stone is either historically misleading or incidental to what made Alexander what he was. So ‘Alexander’ is more about the prurience and fashion of Malibu and Hollywood than about how the world itself was changed by a single man in the latter 4th century BC.”

Military historian Victor Davis Hanson, writing on “Gay Old Times?” in the Dec. 27 issue of National Review

Saving sex

“I am really troubled by the numbers of adolescents that I have counseled who cried for days and hurt for years because they engaged in ‘safer sex’ within dead end, unfulfilling relationships. Sadly, they learned that ‘safer sex’ can be hazardous to their emotional health. …

“In many contemporary sexual education curricula, young boys and girls who listen carefully in health class will be schooled in the virtues of condoms. … Such programs rarely inform them that their emotional and sexual adjustment would be enhanced if they wait for the marital bed. What a disservice to a generation of young people. …

“Religious people and those who favor abstinence until marriage are usually portrayed as prudish, repressed folks afraid to talk about sex, let alone practice it.”

Warren Throckmorton, Grove City College psychology professor, writing on “Hey Kids! Want Good Sex? Try Abstinence,” last Thursday at www.gcc.edu

Holiday classic

“Christmastime has its drawbacks. I’m not big on crowded parking lots, crowded schedules or the fact that my ‘to do’ list fills my entire hard disk space.

“But beyond all that — sitting in my living room with fire crackling, tree twinkling and hot chocolate steaming — I’m happy. Put ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ into my DVD player and I’m on holiday happiness overload. …

“One thing Charlie does get right is the link between money and commercialism. …

“Poor Charlie is inundated with commercialism. Sally wants $10s and $20s from Santa. Snoopy wants to win money in the neighborhood ‘super colossal lights and display contest.’ Lucy wants real estate.

“Everyone is ‘get, get, get.’ As Sally says, ‘I only want what’s coming to me. I only want my fair share.’ ”

“Things haven’t changed much since ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ first aired. … If anything, it’s still commercial, just more so. More channels for commercials. More ways — like e-mail and the internet — to reach you. More credit cards with higher limits. …

“Every year Charlie Brown helped me remember that money and gifts weren’t the true meaning of Christmas.”

Heather Koerner, writing on “What Charlie Brown Taught Me about Christmas Shopping,” Dec. 2 in Boundless at www.boundless.org

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