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Kaye Terry abhors Chris Hicks' positive review of "True Lies" (Forum, July 27), claiming she found the movie horribly demeaning to women because of the use of the word "bitch" and a forced strip-tease scene. I guess Ms. Terry didn't notice that hundreds of men in the movie got blown to pieces while only one woman died (at the hands of another woman) and the image of the wimp car salesman and power-mad terrorists were not all that flattering to men.

I have a simple question for Ms. Terry and like-minded feminists: Which is more demeaning: being called a "bitch" or getting your brains smeared across a brick wall?If Ms. Terry and other women's activists are going to cry "victim" over "True Lies," shouldn't men be even more indignant over the hypocrisy of their outcry? Why is the abuse of males so much more palatable than that of females? It is obvious that many feminist "victims" are far less interested in gender equity, fairness and positive role models than they are in maintaining some passive/aggressive "I am victim hear me roar" power trip. Hence the demand for a second movie critic based on gender rather than qualification. It's like watching a man drown in the quicksand of violence while some prima donna whines because in his thrashing to survive, he flipped mud on her prom dress.

I'd be far more sympathetic to feminist causes if more feminists were interested in the ethical treatment of everyone, rather than simply focusing on those incidents that advance their own narrow political agenda. Particularly when that agenda involves vilifying and degrading others to enhance their own victim status/power base.

Doug Dansie

Salt Lake City