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My Favorite Author is Racist, What does that mean?

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When exploring the works of classic literary icons, it would not be uncommon for the reader to awe at the craftsmanship. It would also not be uncommon for the reader to experience an emotional response, and then to even begin idolizing the author. But then comes the discovery that the author behind the beautiful prose and the emotional resonance was a racist, misogynist, anti-Semite, or a homophobe.

What happens then? Does the reader pretend that the novel, poem, or story she read did not affect her? Does the reader discredit the work that she found impressive because the author is, surprise-surprise, flawed? Possessing an ability to write, to express in ways that others admire, does not mean anything as far as one’s political views, ideology, or world-view.

So, I present the question can we divorce the author from the work?

The opposite would suggest that the reader would be required to know about the author to even enjoy his or her work. However, one does not need to know anything about T. S. Eliot to be engrossed and impacted by its overpowering sense of despair. One does not need to know anything about Roald Dahl to enjoy James and the Giant Peach. The connection to the author is not crucial at all. With that said, knowing about the authors life does offer further insight and a deeper understanding, but is not a requirement.

If you were moved by Ernest Hemingway and admired his work, then what difference does it make that he may or may not have been racist or a misogynist? I understand that people may not like that aspect of his character, but that aspect is only one part of the mind that was responsible for some of the most influential works in the 20th century. People are complicated creatures with multiple layers, and Hemingway is no different. Why wouldn’t he be? He’s human. Enjoying Hemingway’s work give readers a glimpse to only a part of him. It would be foolish of anyone to think that just because someone can write well and inspire millions that they’re somehow flawless or virtuous in character.

My answer to the question is why does it even matter. If it’s not a requirement for me to know the author to enjoy the work, then why would it be a requirement for me to agree with the author’s political views, world view, or ideology? If the work was influential based on its own merits, then why would it even matter? If you say that it does, then what’s the next step with that logic? Ban the work? Burn the books? Pretend that the work doesn’t have value? Sounds like fascism.

The truth is beautiful works can emerge from even the most vile of minds.

 

 

 

 

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Misogyny in Horror Films?

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Miogyny or just a reflection on the grittiness of our society 

An excerpt from a wikipedia page on Misogyny in horror films

Misogyny can occur in horror films when there is a degrading representation of women. This is found particularly in slasher films, where there is often gendered specific violence towards women.[1] Female characters experience violence and brutality at the hands of male antagonists far more often than male characters in these films. Female characters are more likely to experience sexual violence, particularly in the rape/revenge subgenre. Women in horror films are typically reduced to roles that are considered tropes, such as the final girl, the blond victim and the femme fatale.

Horror is a genre where every character EXCEPT the “final girl” is subject to death, often at the hands of a male. Horror does not in any way ONLY target women, and it most certainly doesn’t give survivor privilege to men. Jason, Freddy, Michael, Leather Face, Ghostface and Chucky don’t give two fucks what gender you are, if you cross them you’re going to die.

If brutal violence towards women in horror are interpreted at misogyny, then the often coupled brutal violence towards men is misandry. I don’t see how a double standard could even apply.

As for as sexual violence, women are often targets of sexual violence in real life as well. If a group of thugs stop a dude walking alone at night, he’ll most likely get mugged for what ever he has on him, maybe killed. If a group of thugs were to stop a chick, then most likely the a similar outcome but with added rape or at least sexual assault. Horror is more than a reflection of our society, it uses our cultural fears and taboos against us for exploitation purposes. Is it misogyny? It’s no more misogyny than the biological differences that lead to the different treatment of our unfortunate dude and chick in the quick theoretical.

Women are no more reduced to stereotypes and tropes than men are. In horror, everyone eventually falls into a stereotype or a trope. Tropes aren’t inherently bad or misogynistic, either.

Overall, horror films often have female leads, and though it’s for sometimes titillating reasons, the female lead roles more often than not end up kicking ass in the end. Laurie Strode fought off and killed Michael Myers (though he came back). Sidney Prescott killed off Ghostface. Alice Hardy kills off Jason’s mom. These three characters are not weak and pathetic women. They kicked ass and survived, whereas the men did not.

Lastly, I like the lack of citation in the very erroneous introduction to “Misogyny in horror”. It really bodes well when for a claim when it has no substantial evidence to back it up.

But, perhaps I missed something. Perhaps horror is a heap of misogyny and I just can’t see it.

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Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Review

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A video review would really do this justice. I mean, why take the time to write out with words my thoughts and feelings towards an exploitative B-film? Because this exploitative B-film is self-aware and thrives on the fact that the story is not just thin, but bat shit-insane.

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Michelle Bauer giving a lucky man that “look.” Seems a bit crazy, though. Might be better off talking to her friend with the dark hair.

 

The opening scene consists of a blonde woman being interviewed. She goes through the steps of her routine of prostitution, and then claims that she gave the man male enhancement treatment and pulled out a chainsaw. Yes, you read that correctly.

The movie is literally about an ancient cult of people who worship chainsaws because they represent a force that combines life and death. You’re probably wondering how a cult that worships a modern tech could be ancient. Well, according to the film, the Mayan’s were the chainsaw of the gods. Honestly, I don’t even understand the logic.

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This is that friend you were thinking of hooking up with. Still think you’ll have a good chance? 

The winning quality of this film is that men would be presented with several very nice full frontal nude scenes along side of women killing predatory men. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers may not have an outstanding story, or a coherent one at that, but it combines misogyny and misandry! Radical feminists will be pleased to hear that women are empowered. The vulnerable hookers are actually the predators in this film, preying on men that would normally prey on them. Imagine that an exploitation B-movie would challenge the patriarchy! Hollywood could really learn something from Chainsaw Hookers.

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Because Egyptians and chainsaws have something in commen

Yes, the movie is cheesy, but it’s not heavy or a strain to endure. The pacing is fast and doesn’t dwell. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers moves like a crime film with lazy dick of a detective that goes from in the office, to a strip club, to strapped to a bed. The problems with the film isn’t with pacing. The problem is the, obviously, the story. But when the film doesn’t even take its story own story seriously, but just goes along with it, what can you really say?

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The amount of skin and the quality of said skin is just great. Ass, boobs, and bush.

Marvel movies don’t make any sense and people just go along with it.Sure, it’s cool to believe that a super soldier with a trashcan lid can take on a bunch of dudes with guns. What happens when a bullet hits the captain, huh? He dies. But, it’s crazy to believe that a cult would worship chainsaws?

yeah, it’s still fucking insane. But is it worth watching? Yes. Even if just for the novelty of it all, yes. Watch the film, and remember that this was a legit project, and it’s still better than some films of the current year.

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