Piece Comment

Review of Cutting

I'm not sure what to make of this piece by producer Amanda Wells and that's a good thing. It's eerie. It's educational. It's an inside look at how cutting, or self-mutilation, caught on at one American school. A girl named Christie described her initiation to cutting this way: "I had an eating disorder going on at the time ... I didn't know what else to do. I would binge and purge each night and that didn't help anymore. I needed something more. Why not cut?" The reporter says 1 out of 10 teens cuts. Other reviewers have indicated that this piece appears to be pro-cutting and suggest offering it to listeners as part of a wider discussion on the subject of self-mutilation. That?s a valid point. But it?s seemingly unbalanced ending also serves another purpose: It puts the listener inside a world most of us never would venture. And that opens the door to understanding.