Thursday, May 24, 2007

I never should have doubted...

Finally finished watching the Lost season finale and all I can say is... WOW. Easily puts Heroes to shame and more than makes up for a lackluster season.

Lost, you and I are officially back on.*

* However, I am pissed at you for pulling a BSG and staying off air until frakkin' January 08. Dammit dammit dammit.

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7 Comments:

At May 25, 2007 at 6:35 PM, Blogger Cara said...

I LOVE LOST!!!! ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE FEMINISM!!!

The first several episodes of this season kind of sucked but DAMN did they make up for it later!

 
At May 26, 2007 at 6:12 PM, Blogger Bianca Reagan said...

Completely off topic...I wrote about you on my blog! You can read it here if you like.

 
At May 30, 2007 at 11:21 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Cara, SERIOUSLY. I was starting to doubt these past few months... a shaky second half of a season if I ever saw one. But MAN did they recover, and then some, in the season ender.

(again, just like my very favorite show, BSG...)

Bianca, aww! Thanks for the mention and the visit! Come back anytime!

 
At June 5, 2007 at 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to highjack your blog--- please feel free to delete this after you've read it.

I know that this is coming really late-- but I wanted to weigh in on your debate (in Feministing) with that guy that was offended that his wife had been threatened with rape in DC.

I don't want to assume anything about your background, but I I'm afraid that I'm about to anyway. I think that you are missing out on something here because of your own class/ethnic background. I could be wrong-- but I think you are unfamiliar with the combat rituals that are common in working class, POC neighborhoods.

You were right to call out your acquaintance in Vegas about his perception that he had been somehow emasculated by your assault. The man who grabbed your ass probably had no idea that you had walked in with someone. He never addressed -- to challenge, taunt, etc.-- your male companion. The assault was on YOU-- YOUR personhood-- YOUR sexuality.

This is NOT what happened in DC. What happened to this couple in DC was, quite clearly, motivated by anger toward the white man for infringing upon the black community. This is a wound felt by the black community that goes back to slavery as an institution that often facilitated the rape of black women's bodies. You are right to point out that her body was used as a battlefield-- that her autonomy was not respected-- that she was victimized by the exchange-- But you are missing all of the subtext.

The (so-called) bum sitting on the bench attacked the woman in order to wound the (white) man. Was the woman wounded in the process? Absolutely. Was that the bum's intent? Perhaps. But I can almost guarantee that his intent WAS to emasculate the man. He saw her body as representative of his community. There is more going on here than what you claim is his belief that her body somehow belonged to him.

I saw that you were having some trouble with the concept of emasculation in this context. Let me try share an anecdote with you to try to put it into perspective:

I am a chicana-- my boyfriend is white. While walking in our predominantly working class neighborhood (hand in hand just like the couple in DC) on our way to a bar-- we passed a young man hanging out on the corner. He saw that we were clearly together and asked, as we walked past him, if I would like to go out with him later that evening. We kept walking and my boyfriend turned around to laugh-- not combatively-- just in a "you've got to be kidding" sort of way. The guy responded by asking my boyfriend if he'd like to settle the issue in the street.

He was not interested in me (He hardly even looked at me). He was looking for a fight. His way of picking that fight was to challenge my boyfriend's ability to "hang on to me." He was implying that my bf wasn't "man enough" to inspire my fidelity.

I am not defending this way of thinking. I agree that women are the ones who are victimized by it. I AM suggesting, however, that this behavior comes as a result of men's desires to emasculate one another. This is why soldiers are encouraged to rape in times of war-- to permanently scar the nation-- not just the women.

 
At June 9, 2007 at 8:13 AM, Blogger Gino said...

anybody seen lawfairy, lately?
does she still post here?

:)

 
At June 10, 2007 at 11:08 AM, Anonymous knights13 said...

"I AM suggesting, however, that this behavior comes as a result of men's desires to emasculate one another. This is why soldiers are encouraged to rape in times of war-- to permanently scar the nation-- not just the women. "

Oh please, that's a load of crap. By beating up a woman and raping her somehow I feel more "emasculated"? Plus, fighting is just stupid because you are going to die anyway. What's the rush? Finally, we are not the dominant species because we are the strongest physically.

Gino, I haven't seen lawfairy but I'm sure she is looking cute as usual.

If I hear any of you ladies say creep I'm going to unleash nasty words on you. :P

 
At June 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM, Blogger Gino said...

anonymous:
making some valid points.

been there, kinda, myself.
in college i was attached to a chinese girl. the looks and hostility we recieved from asian boys when we walked by really unsettled her.
and yes, challenges to my ability to hang on to her were offered up, gook boys would ask her out while we were together, the word 'slut'/'whore'/and others... were stage whispered as we walked by. and the word 'rape' was thrown out a few times (as in 'i'll rape that bitch').

it was like i was taking something that belonged to their people, instead of us just being two people in love.

my own white poeple were only slightly better. to some, not all, white boys, i was conquering something that didnt naturally belong to me. like an 'atta boy'.

in truth: we were two college kids in love, mindful of our cultural differences, deeply respectful of each other,struggling with our hormonal urges (which we kept in check), in a relationship that was as spiritual as it was emotional.
when i looked at her, i didnt see the beautiful sexy chinese girl the others did. i saw a magical goddess. her parentage didnt mean a thing.
it only mattered to outsiders.

 

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