Most Popular Mistakes about Love—& How Not to Make Them!
#2: Thinking Love & Justice Are Different Worlds
the film Erin
as important in showing that women want very much to be a force for
to people. It also comments on something only Aesthetic Realism makes
the awful mistake of making love a separate world where we are soothed
and made important and don't need to be fair to a damn thing.
movie is based on the life of
an actual woman
named Erin Brockovich and her fight against a horrendous injustice,
agonizing illness and death to hundreds of families in California: the
continual dumping since at least 1965 by Pacific Gas & Electric,
one of the world's largest utility companies, of an extremely toxic,
chemical, hexavalent chromium, knowingly allowing it to seep into the
supply. People everywhere, and Ms. Brockovich herself, need to know
I learned from Aesthetic Realism: what she is fighting is the contempt
for human beings inherent in private ownership for profit; and it is
same contempt that has a woman feel she owns a man and can do with him
whatever seems in behalf of her own comfort.
like Erin Brockovich, played
by Julia Roberts,
because she's a critic, and she's also trying to be kind, has feeling
people. She has contempt also, and is scornful and angry in a way that
hurts her and others. Meanwhile, there's a desire to show herself in a
way I respect—she’s not smooth! Julia Roberts in this role has an
relation of fierceness and tenderness, pride and vulnerability,
movie begins, Ms.
Brockovich is a single
mother of three children who, after two failed marriages, finds herself
without money or a job. She's interviewing for work, and we see what
are going through all over the country; the uncertainty, desperation,
about money to feed their family. Erin tells the interviewer she wanted
to study medicine but got married early and had a child; in her first
with a engineering company she came to love geology, and reading maps!
We see a woman with mind, possibilities, and also one who has made
Question for Women
film is critical of snobbish
sum up others. However, about sex and a woman's body, it is mixed up.
shapely Erin wears tight mini-skirts and low-cut tops, and people
take her to be neither responsible nor intelligent. And though she
acts like she's just being herself and others are at fault, her
wardrobe puts the spotlight on her body in a way that weakens the
is a raging question for
women now. The
crucial thing as a woman dresses herself, I learned, is our motive: Do
we want men to be stronger or weaker? Do we want to bring out their
and intelligence— or their unkindness and stupidity, so we can be
supreme? If it is the second, we go against our own hopes—we divide
our minds and bodies, as Erin is doing—and it's a mistake.