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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 10, 2020
David Carlin is a professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.
Last Sunday, I watched the Golden Globes Awards on TV. I like to do that because it reminds me of how much I don’t know about current movies and television, and the actors who perform in those mediums. I lost track of things years ago, soon after the disappearance of Gary Cooper and Bette Davis.
Watching the Golden Globes and the Oscars also reminds me that there is no such thing as an actress anymore. While there are female actors, there are no actresses.
And it keeps me up to date on how much of her naked breasts a Hollywood woman is allowed to exhibit while remaining within the realm of good taste and just barely outside the realm of obscenity. I estimate it’s about 67 percent at the moment. When I was a boy, Hollywood breasts were important; but they were usually clothed in those far-off, un-progressive days. That was before we realized we need to get on “the right side of history.”
One of the highlights of the show was a special award given to Ellen DeGeneres. This was given to her in part because she’s a talented entertainer. But mostly because she’s a lesbian who, by “coming out” on TV a few decades ago, made a significant contribution to the popular acceptance of homosexuality in the United States. We were told that it was very “courageous” of her to do that. I wonder how much courage it takes to jump on a trend at just the right moment. It takes plenty of smarts, I agree. But courage? ….