- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Dirty movie
"Many conservatives … are most profoundly offended by sex on film and television. …
"The conservative attitude against the display of sex comes from a fundamentally religious core, according to which, carnality of any sort is a sin. When you add to that conservative attitude the feminist conviction that the exposure of the female form is inherently exploitative of women, you have a powerful mixture indeed. …
"[W]ith the exception of gross-out teen comedies like 'American Pie,' the depiction of sexuality on screen is far more muted than it was 25 years ago, when female nudity was almost de rigueur. …
"That's why the arrival of a full-out, no-holds-barred sex comedy at movie theaters this weekend comes as such a surprise. '40 Days and 40 Nights' is the dirtiest American movie in memory. …
"Josh Hartnett is a very handsome young actor playing a twentysomething Internet guy in San Francisco who takes a vow of celibacy for Lent. In Hartnett's world, every woman is beautiful, dresses like a high-priced call girl, and is willing to have sex with him at the drop of a file folder."
John Podhoretz, writing on "One Man's Lent," Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Top priorities
"On Sept. 10, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the group most responsible for promoting women in combat, gathered in Pentagon Conference Room 5C1042. This civilian advisory committee, whose members have the protocol status of three-star generals, monitors the concerns of women in uniform. And what was the topic on the eve of the worst attack in U. S. history?
"After briefings from representatives of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, DACOWITS, as the committee is known, issued a formal request for more information on what they deemed a matter of paramount military significance: breast-feeding.
"As the terrorists prepared to hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon itself, our military leaders were directed 'to engage in open dialogue' on lactation tactics."
Charmaine and Jack Yoest, writing on "Booby Traps at the Pentagon," in the Winter issue of the Women's Quarterly

Jihad jackpot
"According to Pakistani authorities, somewhere between five and eight persons were present to choreograph and record the murder of … Wall Street Journal reporter [Daniel Pearl]. They wanted to get it right, and, from their point of view, they did. …
"In an artistic touch, the camera zooms in for a close-up of Pearl's severed head. See? He is an American and a Jew. We hit the jackpot! And then we cut his head off.
"Islam is not 'the victim of the world,' but the victim of itself. Omar Sheikh is a British public schoolboy, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and, like Osama and Mohammed Atta, a monument to the peculiar burdens of a non-deprived childhood in the Muslim world. Give 'em an e-mail address and they use it for kidnap notes. Give 'em a camcorder and they make a snuff video.
"Let's assume that all the chips fell the jihadis' way, that they recruited enough volunteers to be able to kidnap and decapitate every single Jew in Palestine. Then what? Muslims would still be, as [Pakistani President] Gen. [Pervez] Musharraf told a conference the other day, 'the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most unenlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race.' Who would 'the victim of the world' blame next?"
Mark Steyn, writing on "He was an American, a Jew a trophy," Feb. 25 in the National Post


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