There is a very strong message in the movie thriller, “Silence of the Lambs” and I’m not talking about the one about how serial killers who devour their victims are not nice people, even if they top off the meal with a bottle of Chianti. It is the message about how Jodie Foster’s character, Clarice, deals with a non-stop set of male characters deal with her as a woman first, and a law enforcement professional second, if at all. This includes everything from men hitting on her to a striking scene in which she is the only woman in an elevator with much taller men.

It also extends to Anthony Hopkins' character, Hannibal Lecter, who has an astounding grasp of human nature. But the one place he is dead wrong, and repeatedly wrong, is in trying to interpret Clarice’s behavior in terms of sexual experiences.

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