Blaming directors and artists for this systemic problem is inactive and misleading. The genius of the Martin Scorsi film, but we should not expect him to compose and direct an intimate, concise, and moving film about a twenty-first-century American young black woman. When these national movies are made, however, there are cinematic forces that need to be encouraged.
Joseph Katz, 16
Indian Springs School
To the editor:
Ray “Parkland Massacre is not an ‘Anniversary’,” by Gregory Gibson (op-ed, February 14):
As a gun violence reporter Trace’s “Since Parkland” The project, I researched the lives of young sufferers, discovered their talent and felt their innermost desires. The victims had dreams of becoming accountants, playing professional basketball and building a family. When I was a teenager it was disastrous to write about young people like me whose futures were destroyed by several shots.
As Mr Gibson notes, euphemism has been attacked in the headline, denouncing the masses of gun violence tragedy. We have reached a point where we have been able to view reports on mass media without shaking – we are virtually in the Orlivian world.
We should be scared. Victims are not abstract ticks to add to the number of gun violence, people are dead. We need to stop chinokating the truth. Almost every day, someone my age will be killed by the pull of a trigger. The next victim may be me.
Nadia Farzami, 18
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
Laguna Hills, California
To the editor:
I wholeheartedly agree with “Bring Back the Tomboy” by Lisa Celine Davis (Sunday Review, February 16). While the acceptance of masculine girls and feminine boys has increased over the years, the general stereotypes of masculine girls being gay and feminine boys have not gone away. If a woman wants to wear a male garment, she is considered gay, or how a man cares about her dress or appearance, she is considered gay. Why can’t people just be themselves without having to attach a label to them?
When Billy Ellis first grew up, many speculated about his sexuality because of his clothes, but as Mrs. Davis said, Mrs. Ellis “gives a refreshing twist”. She has a sense of self-esteem and spirits that inspire girls around the world to be themselves. He is a modern-day tomboy.
But it takes a lot more than just a person to break through these gender stereotypes. This is an issue that is common among boys and girls, and to change those stereotypes, both sexes need to stand together and fight against superstition.