An Update On The Epidemic Of “Cutting” In America & The Bottom Line On R-Rated Movies

New research shows that more and more people are harming themselves by way of cutting.  In fact, the number of girls and women seeking help for cutting has doubled in the last three years.

According to a story from Plugged, some wonder whether increased exposure in the media is making it worse. Clips of people committing acts of self-harm can easily be found on YouTube, and celebrities like Demi Lovato and Angelina Jolie have talked publicly about their struggles with cutting.

Often, these stars go public to help people. But Nancy Gordan, a therapist who specializes in these issues, says when people start talking about triggers and wanting to harm themselves, it can become contagious.

A self-professed cutter named Mary adds, “Subconsciously, every time you look at something, it’s a trigger that makes you want to do it more and more.”

Why does Hollywood continue to make R-rated movies when they tend to do so poorly at the box office?

According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, many Hollywood studios aren’t doing themselves any favors.

They keep making R-rated films when movies with any other rating generally make more money.

Last year, R-rated films averaged $16.8 million per film at the box office.

By contrast, PG-13 rated movies averaged $47.3 million and movies rated PG averaged $43 million.

Even the few G-rated films made last year made an average of $23 million per movie.

Even so, Hollywood continues to crank out R-rated movies—they produced 117 of them last year.  Do you suppose they might have—I don’t know—an agenda???

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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