"True Love": Men vs. Women in Ancient and Modern Culture
"You're not very smart, are you. I like that in a man."--Kathleen Turner to William Hurt in Body Heat.
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 "Now it's not true that a woman always feigns the pants and passions of love (When she clings to her partner's body and moistens his lips with a long, sucking kiss). Sometimes she does it from the heart . . . ."--Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, IV, 1192-4. 

Films and Videos:
Woman of the Year (1946) The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
Adam's Rib (1949)  Thelma and Louise (1991)
Breathless (1959) Switch (1991)
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)  The Age of Innocence (1993)
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) Much Ado about Nothing (1993)
A Doll's House (1973) Shadowlands (1993)
The Stepford Wives (1975) Sense and Sensibility (1995) 
Tootsie (1982) First Knight (1995)
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) Mighty Aphrodite (1996)
Mr. Mom (1984)  Twelfth Night (1996) 
Victor/Victoria (1986) That Old Feeling (1997)
Stealing Heaven (1988)   Shakespeare in Love (1998)
A Question of Silence (1988)  End of the Affair (1999)

  Questions:  David L. Simpson (dsimpson@condor.depaul.edu) 
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