- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2001

Low expectations
"A movie like 'Bridget Joness Diary makes us think that Bridget and the many 30-something unmarried women who have made her such a smash hit expect too much of men instead of too little. At any rate, they are forever having their expectations of men disappointed. But as we know from other areas of life, 'the soft bigotry of low expectations characteristically produces results which are even lower. So long as the rules of the sexual game allow a man to expect sexual intercourse the moment that any romantic sparks are kindled, there is not much that women have left with which to demand something substantial in return for their favors — in particular long-term commitment… .
"Once you let them get away with expecting get-acquainted sex, what will you not let them get away with? 'Bridget Joness Diary manages to produce something of the charm of old-fashioned romance partly by using the early pride and prejudice that keep Bridget and her true love apart for most of the picture as an excuse to keep their relationship artificially chaste."
—James Bowman, writing on "Feminist Fatales," in the June issue of the American Spectator

Mummy knows best?

"When 'The Mummy Returns debuted during the May 4 weekend, Americans unloaded a record-breaking $70.1 million to see this thriller on the Nile… .
"'The Mummy Returns begins in 1935, a good 10 years after the heroics depicted in the also-very-successful 1999 film 'The Mummy. The main players of the original cast are all back, but now swashbuckling legionnaire Rick OConnell has married librarian/Egyptologist Evelyn, and they are raising their 9-year-old son, Alex, in London.
"Arnold Vosloo returns as the re-enfleshed mummy Imhotep, who is still searching for love and immortality with Anck-su-namun… .
"Perhaps the most amazing thing of all about this movie: It features an intact loving family together on the adventure of a lifetime.
"How the censors in Hollywood let this through, I dont know, but Rick and Evelyn have stayed married … and are still very interested in each other … and are always ready with a quip, a knowing look, an embrace. And theyve passed on many a good trait to Alex, a chip off the old pyramid who reads hieroglyphics (taught him by his mom — another victory for home schooling?)… .
"The film contrasts the healthy marriage of Rick and Evelyn with the passionate but destructive relationship of Imhotep and Anck-su-namun. They too want love and fulfillment, but their choices preclude them from experiencing the richness of love and communication the OConnells enjoy."
—J. Richard Pearcey, writing on "The Mummy, a Fish and a Bicycle," May 16 in Boundless at www.boundless.org

New melting pot

Though the number of those who indicated more than one race was seemingly insignificant — less than 3 percent of the population — their action was nothing short of momentous, and may well herald the beginning of the end of racial classifications as we know them… .
"What accounts for this shift in how Americans are choosing to identify themselves racially? At the center of it, plainly, are mixed-race couples and their children — fruit of the unprecedented rise in intermarriage in recent decades… . Marriages between whites and non-whites grew tenfold between 1960 and 1990. Among third-generation Latinos and Asians, intermarriage rates now exceed 50 percent, and in California, more mixed-race children than black children are already being born every year."
—Tamar Jacoby, writing on "An End to Counting by Race?" in the June issue of Commentary


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