This entry was written and posted earlier in another blog of mine ,My story, your movie. But I'm closing down that blog soon, so perhaps you've already read it. Will be posting the comments along too.
She was married to an abusive husband who beats the hell out of her all the time. With two kids to support, he was the sole bread winner and therefore tolerated with all those beatings. She only had one child with this bastard husband, if only you can still call him your husband that's it. No one knows who fathered her first child. She was raped at the age of either 16 or 17 by her high school teacher in a Saturday detention class. Apparently the teacher caught her making out with another kid when these two lads sneaked out of his class one unfaithful day...
Can you still call that person your teacher when he raped you.? Can you still call your friend a friend when he saw you being raped and did nothing but RAN AWAY.? (Worse, if you were seeing each other)
She left her husband and seek help from her parents. Were they any help.? Not much, but not little. With the help of a friend, she found a job in the Iron Mine. In USA, Iron Mine only started accepting female workers in the mid seventies. And this movie was set in the late eighties where the ratio of male and female workers in the mine was thirty to one. Can you imagine such scene.?
The story or shall I say the movie involves scenes where these female workers were not only bullied by their co-workers who not only obviously outnumbered them, but practically cover the whole damn mine. Is this the reason for all those woman discrimination and sexual harassments cases that happens not only everyday but all the time there.? The movie was based or you can say inspired by a true story where these incidents were made so real its sickening. Apparently be it you're a bitch, a sweetie or a I-don't-give-damn female worker there, they still get on to your knees.....
If luck is with you, you'll get a fake plastic penis in your lunch box right on top of your ham and cheese sandwich and apple. If you're not so lucky, you'll get semens on your towel in your locker or your ass being grabbed by loads of filthy old men trying desperately to get into your panties. If you're really unlucky, all hell break loose when you're in the portable toilet cubicle and like Mr. Humpty-dumpty you fall down together with the cubicle after a round of pushing by those unbelievable co-workers of yours outside. Did I mention, the cubicle is usually full with faeces that all come tumbling out after your unfaithful fall. Or perhaps a little wall decoration drama where faeces suddenly became a form of decorative wall paper in the ladies locker room.? Or being labeled as a whore in front of the whole world just because you turn down some of your men co-workers to have some fun.? (So called pathetic fun)
You're wondering why do these women want to be so mentally and physically tortured by working in such unpleasant environment.? Aren't they just seeking problems for themselves by working there.? You think these women should just stay at home and cook and do the laundry.? What makes you think they want to get extremely dirty everyday and worried about being raped the next minute or being harassed or god knows what else.? I do not know what these women think back in the eighties. But from the movie, you can tell that they all do it for the same reason. The handsome pay the iron mine is offering due to the risk of working in a dangerous plant. And all these women need these money very much. Mostly because they have their own family to support and do not want to depends their lives with MEN. Guess you can't blame why are women getting more independent as the world grows older....
Perhaps I do sound disgusting but I'm just quoting from the movie. And it is indeed a good movie (rather heavy though). Apparently the female workers has a union protecting them but it wasn't working (more like it was shadowed and push to the back when the leader got really sick) and that's when the main actress could no longer bear it and went forward in filing a law suit against all these abominable occurrence in the mine and the plant, the company. The case was to order a class in protecting female workers, their rights, their benefits, anything they ought to have, in fact what they DESERVE as they just work just as hard as others in the mine and why should they be paid less just because they're the minority.?
This movie does involve quite a number of touching scenes. You can't help yourself but pity the story within or perhaps the true story that inspired this production. It's nonetheless something more than revolving around the main actress herself, where she shows what she'd been through and what others female workers experienced in such unpleasant world. Guess no matter what you felt, no matter how close you were to these actual happenings, you wouldn't get it unless you've wore the same shoes they did. Though, its something nice to indulge in if you're ready for a nice meaningful movie. =)