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I was thinking of posting this rant on the t-place, but I can predict how well that would go.  So the smaller, but generally saner and more responsive LJ community, gets to hear it instead.

I decided that visiting the actual novel The Silence of the Lambs was in order.  It's engaging enough, BUT: I have a big issue with the arguable transphobia happening in this book, which this blog expresses better than I could.  I'm not done with it yet so I'm unclear whether this unsavory overtone is couched in the author's own attitude, or that of the majority of his characters.
There is a character, Dr. Danielson, who appears briefly and seems to be a voice of reason and compassion; apparently his scene[s] was cut from the 1991 film version *figures*.  Dr. Danielson was played by Philip Bosco in the film.

The thing the blog I linked doesn't touch on much, which I found quite ridiculous as well as dangerous, was the idea that there is an archetypal transgender psychology, and that anyone who doesn't conform to it can't actually be a "real" transgender person; this is probably a reflection of the times (the book was written 25 years ago), but it still makes me livid.
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Thanks to Wheelrider's post, I went off on a tangent and found a couple links that were of amusement and interest to me, and hopefully to some of you.

Fantasy author Jim C. Hines took it upon himself to reproduce some of the anatomically questionable, physically torturous, and notably objectifying poses of female characters on a selection of sci-fi/fantasy book covers.  Except it's him instead of a non-existent woman of unlikely proportions:  "Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)"

To address the righteous outcry of those pointing out that women aren't the only victims of objectification, Hines then tackled some men on book covers, concluding (aptly, I think) that yes, men are objectified, but not in the same way and not to the same extent: "Posing Like a Man"

It really does my dessicated heart good to see men defending "feminist" notions such as the respective portrayals of women and men in media, and their overt or covert implications.

huinare: (writing!)
"Misogyny isn't caused by male horniness."
I like this article because it addresses a few points I have strong opinions on myself.
I especially liked the author's inclusion of the Nice Guy trope.  Permit me to go off on a tangent about the Nice Guy that is not quite related to the author's point.  A guy who complains in the hearing of a woman that women don't really want Nice Guys (meaning, of course, himself) has just generalized and made insulting presuppositions about a member of the gender he supposedly wishes to attract; in thus doing, he actually is not coming of as a Nice Guy at all.  I've met a few Nice Guys, and they've been arrogant, condescending jerks.

Re: The True Size of Africa.
A response to that image of Africa with the US, China, about half of Europe, and other localities nestled inside it.
I appreciate the effort to educate people as to the actual relative sizes of places on earth, but I also fear that the way the "True Size of Africa" graphic is presented encourages the reactionary idea that (Caucasian) cartographers draw maps this way because of some subjective and ethnocentric way of weighing the importance of places.
The Mercator projection is the standard for most 2-dimensional maps.  The technique involves greater distortion the closer one moves toward the poles, thus land areas nearer the poles take on an exaggerated size.  Hence, let us be clear that the reason Europe and North America are enlarged on most maps is because they are further from the equator than Africa, which actually intersects it.
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One reason I sometimes support being "forced" to learn things--precondition being that one has gone into this with eyes open, such as my decision to finally get myself to college--is that one is subjected to ideas, knowledge and resources one may not have pursued on one's own.  I'm on my last year of general ed, and I find that I've benefited profoundly from literary, historical, and philosophical knowledge I might have missed out on if I'd been able to leap right into upper division science courses.

These short stories are awesome! very psychologically intricate, the first closing on possibly the most ironic line I've ever read, the second seeming to flirt with what I'd almost call Lovecraftian descriptions in terms of the creepy wallpaper.  Apparently both have film adaptations, which I want to get my hands on and watch and then rant about plot and character butchery.

"The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin, 1894.

"The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1892.
  She sounds fascinating!  "Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper.'  The Forerunner. 1913.
  (Trivia of personal note: her first husband's second wife was Grace Ellery Channing, the granddaughter of William Ellery Channing, a fellow referenced a good deal in my quasi-religious community.)


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