Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. … I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.
The Hollywood Reporter: Why do you believe that is a desire? I really don’t think that’s the case.
I think that’s the case because sexuality is complex. I think to be an object in sexuality is something very obvious you know, to be desired, to be used. There is kind of a passivity that women are looking for. That’s why the scene with Charlotte Rampling is very important, because she says [prostitution] was a fantasy she always had but never had the courage to do it. She was too shy.
How did you come to the conclusion that is a theme in women’s sexuality?
It is the reality. You speak with many women, you speak with shrinks, everybody knows that. Well, maybe not Americans!
This is the French director Francois Ozon, whose film “Young & Beautiful” — about a Parisian teen girl who becomes a prostitute — screened at Cannes. At first I was inclined to think, ‘Oh, those French men!‘ but I do think this exchange is worth a closer look because it reveals a lot about his somewhat limited view of women’s sexual fantasies. Keep reading »
Still looking for “The One” but too busy to find him or her out there in the world? Prague’s public transport company, Ropid, has a solution for you: a “love train” designated for single people only.
Yes, you read that right. Ropid may soon introduce a train to the Czech capital’s metro system that will play host to single people after morning rush hour. The train may be up and running by the end of the year, according to Der Spiegel. Read more on Huffington Post…
On Monday in New York City, thousands of people marched in honor of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old man who was shot to death this weekend for being gay. Protesters, which included the openly gay City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, shouted, “We’re here. We’re queer. Homophobia has got to go!”
Yet across town, hate crime violence persisted: more men were attacked in NYC because of their sexual orientation that same evening. Keep reading »
Port Charlotte, Florida, woman Shirley Ann Duncan received a sentence of three years probation for faking the deaths of her four sons in order to receive financial aid from her local church. Duncan claimed that three of her sons had been killed in action in the Middle East, while a fourth was on the brink of death. She even went so far as to hold a memorial service for her “dead” children, using pictures of soldiers pulled off the Internet to stand in for her fake sons.
Eventually, the fourth child “died” too, and another benefit was held for her. Keep reading »
A step-mom in Utah wanted to punish her daughter for bullying other students and teach her a lesson. So far, so good. But as her penance, 10-year-old Kaylee was forced to wear thrift store clothes to school. Say what?
Apparently Kaylee was making fun of another girl for what she was wearing, and had tormented her for several weeks over her wardrobe choices — at one point even saying she “dressed like a sleaze.” So step-mom Ally stepped in and decided to enforce a clothing-oriented punishment. Ally purchased two “cheap” (her words) outfits at the thrift store and made Kaylee — full of tears — wear them to school. Keep reading »
Page Price and Carolyn Compton are a pair of moms living in Texas. They have been together for three years and are raising two children that Compton had with her ex-husband. But the couple may be forced by a court to move apart due to a “morality clause” in Compton’s custody agreement with her ex that said no sexytimes overnight guests could sleep at the home — and the longtime, cohabitating couple are not legally allowed to marry by Texas law. Keep reading »
So we all know that there’s a dearth of women in the movie-making business — just in case you’re not up to speed there was a whole study done about it. The best place to view this disparity is the Cannes Film Festival in France: of the 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, only one is by a female director. Keep reading »