December 5th, 2004

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

A little trip out to the movies

We got together with my sister and my brother-in-law tonight for a movie, and they were receptive to my suggestion of Kinsey. We all quite liked the film; it still amazes me how little people knew, how for years, there were women who simply had never seen parts of their bodies because of societal expectations and ignorance about "down there." I mean, it's funny, but it's also sad and tragic that prior to getting married, my grandmother thought you could get pregnant from eating too many Lucky Sundaes.

I found the emphasis on interviewing technique of particular interest: we still use so much of it today in counseling. Truly groundbreaking. I can remember being trained as an HIV counselor, and some of the discussion about body language, the way our questions were phrased, etc. -- I didn't even realize until tonight that a portion of that interview methodology came straight from Kinsey's work.

Controversial figure though he was, I'm grateful to have grown up in the time after his work, rather than before.

I was surprised to see, well, how old much of the audience was, especially at a place like the Tara Theatre. We're talking definite grandma and grandpa age. Not that they don't still have sex; many certainly do. Just that . . . while they'd have to be 77 to have been 20 when Kinsey's first book was published, I'd imagine that quite a few were at least old enough to recall the firestorm of reaction at the time.

Also, I think Neeson's excellent performance in the film was more than good enough to overcome any remaining tarnish on his career from the hair extensions he wore in Episode I. :)