Something really distinctive about Jane Campion’s feminism. Films like In the Cut depict men the way sympathetic men have traditionally depicted women — fully human, possessed of rich inner lives and admitting of great complexity, but outsiders to the viewpoint of the film.This sounds like a simplistic reversal but I’m not convinced it’s easy to do. It’s not about just making men a threat, an invasive force, though that’s worthwhile too. It’s about destabilizing the conventional center of gravity without dehumanizing — men as other but not alien
Among other things solipsism stops all real discussion. Communication becomes a matter of insistent command and resentful obedience rather than negotiation. The world becomes an implacable enemy for the solipsistic mind which is isolated in a sea of irrational resistance. Solipsism shows up not merely when others inhibit our own intentions but when they act in ways we don’t understand or find odd. We literally cannot imagine the purpose of such behaviour and therefore disparage, avoid, and suppress it as abnormal. It makes no sense to inquire about the purpose of others because they are, implicitly, either ill-conceived or simply absent.