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078 – Storytime

078 – Storytime

You know where this is going, don’t you?  Of course you do – it’s time for a flashback-type story where a character tells a story about his ancestors and, by some incredible fluke of genetics, his ancestors look EXACTLY the same as he does and the people with whom his ancestor associates look EXACTLY like the people with whom he associates despite the fact that they aren’t in any way related to one another.

As for links, I was speaking to a friend the other day and the subject of Joss Whedon came up.  Now, you may not be aware of this, but I don’t like Joss Whedon.  He has his moments (I’ll admit to rather liking what I’ve seen of Buffy), but overall I think he’s kind of a hack.  Anyway, my friend pointed me to some writing by Whedon, where Whedon rightfully decried violence against women but then started blathering about that time in college that he apparently smoked some doobies* and pontificated about his TOTALLY ORIGINAL theory of “womb envy:”

“I try to think how we got here. The theory I developed in college (shared by many I’m sure) is one I have yet to beat: Womb Envy. Biology: women are generally smaller and weaker than men. But they’re also much tougher. Put simply, men are strong enough to overpower a woman and propagate. Women are tough enough to have and nurture children, with or without the aid of a man. Oh, and they’ve also got the equipment to do that, to be part of the life cycle, to create and bond in a way no man ever really will. Somewhere a long time ago a bunch of men got together and said, “If all we do is hunt and gather, let’s make hunting and gathering the awesomest achievement, and let’s make childbirth kinda weak and shameful.” It’s a rather silly simplification, but I believe on a mass, unconscious level, it’s entirely true. How else to explain the fact that cultures who would die to eradicate each other have always agreed on one issue? That every popular religion puts restrictions on women’s behavior that are practically untenable? That the act of being a free, attractive, self-assertive woman is punishable by torture and death?”

WHOOOOOOA, Joss, you have totally BLOWN MY MIND.  Did you think that up all by yourself with your big fat brain?  Joss Whedon is, like, totally, TOOOOTALLY blowing the lid off all this patriarchical oppression by the caveman bro cabal.  For your information, Joss, your stunningly original “womb envy” theory was first articulated about 100 years ago by Karen Horney **.  Good job reading up on your feminist history there, Joss.  But isn’t that just like a man?

Anyway, this is all a very long and convoluted way of saying that, if you want to read some feminist writing that ISN’T stupid, you should go Richie’s Criticism, which contains many astute and passionate ruminations on gender relations and modern media. And, as an added bonus, his commentary is original.  Not like that jackass Whedon. This is quality reading.

*may not have happened

** Though, technically, I think Horney meant it more as a tongue-in-cheek response to Freud to make fun of his ridiculous penis envy theory and to criticize psychoanalysts of the time for their all-consuming obsession with the phallus.

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Discussion (5)¬

  1. octopusrave says:

    someone definitely did some hard long thinking!
    Uh, no. :/

    anyway. Uh.
    I missed Mr. Hefferbottom. ;-;
    AND THAT RAT. oh god, I love that her name’s Chastity. it totally adds to her character.

  2. King Cheetah says:

    Few remember that the break between Freud and Jung came over Freud’s abortive attempt the revive the cod piece as a fashion statement….

  3. stavner says:

    It’s good to have a psychiatrist for a wife, isn’t it?

  4. thegluefactory says:

    I know i’ts 4 years too late but I would like to point out I get the Father Ted reference. Yeah.

  5. Agouti-Rex says:

    haha I’m glad someone did! :)


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