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12 May 2011 @ 12:25 pm
Ear bleed...  
I'd hoped to bike to the office yesterday (I know, insanity), but Christopher had a random band concert last night, so I went to that. God, WHY do I keep forgetting astrothsknot's tip about bringing my iPod? *groan* And let me just say: tune your instrument before every practice and performance. It's freakin' basic. Gah!

The May Is Bicycle Month riding is going like it usually does, i.e., made unpredictable by spring windstorms and rain. Every freakin' year. :(

My Wallpaper Removal Kit Of Ultimate Awesomeness arrived yesterday, so on Saturday I'll see if it really is. I'll start with the part of the kitchen that the bunny has destroyed, because it's small. If it goes badly, I'll pay someone to do the kids' rooms, but for $64 with shipping, it's worth giving this product a try.

We've watched the first two episodes of Game Of Thrones, and will try a few more. I like the story, but the gore, racism, and T&A really bugs me. I've heard that the books for the series have the sexism and racism in them already. But must the women also be gratuitously naked in the TV show, and must the "savage, barbarian people" always be dark-skinned? Or back to the T&A thing, why is it that the people who make movies/TV seem to so often feel that you must insult one major group of viewers (usually women) in order to attract the other main group (usually men)?

Even the presence of Jason Momoa does not appease me. Though I trotted HalfshellHusband over to the guy's imdb.com page, and he kind of plotzed (in a "Naveen Andrews is beautiful!" way). The B&W photo of Momoa in his imdb.com profile right now is one of the best I've ever seen of him. I mean, look at it. Damn!

On rantless TV note, I seem to have spaced-out the existence of Breaking In for the last couple of weeks. I sure hope that sucker's on Hulu...

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the key of the day and the lock of the night: girlfoglocknkey on May 13th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
I like the story, but the gore, racism, and T&A really bugs me. I'm glad someone is saying this. It seems a lot of my flist - whoa re normally up in arms about these issues - are willing to give GoT a pass and I don't get it. I considered the books but when the first page used the word bitch to describe women, I decided their are plenty other of fantasy novels I can spend my money on.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
! Boy, I never give things like that a pass.

I might still watch it (maybe), but I'm not going to stop complaining about the problem elements. And the T&A goes beyond reflecting the sexism of the book-- it's just being done for male viewers (at the expense of the women who don't care for that kind of exploitation, thank you very much).

I don't have the hot-button issue with "bitch" that some people on my f-list do, because I think it can accurately describe a certain type of behavior (much like "dick" does, for guys). However, I don't like it being applied to random woman, or just because someone is angry at a woman who is not in fact being unreasonable. THAT bugs me.

I may be at the end for Mad Men, here in early S2, because things were iffy to begin with, but some of the sexist and aggressively manipulative behavior is making me cringe. I lived through that already, I don't need to see it again.

Right now, I'm reading the first of the Earthsea Trilogy books to Christopher. I never liked these books when I was a kid, but they kind of worked for me as an adult. But HE's pointing out some of the sexist aspects of this book (he's learning well!), and I find myself wondering What the Hell? LeGuin is a female author, for crying out loud. WHY did she repeat that sexist bullshit in her own novels?

It makes me think of the Marian Zimmer Bradley series, where of all the fantasy tropes she could have written she chose one in which the women are all second-class citizens. And so many feminists love those!

Give me self-determinism any freakin' day. o_O