Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
Alethea & Athena

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A dangerous pastime

So there aren't any events to post to LJ about, but I have been Thinking. But I don't always like posting about Thinking because as we all know, it's a dangerous pastime I'm never sure I can organize my thoughts very well.

There are two things I've been thinking about, but one only briefly. We watched X-Men: First Class for the first time last night, and we'd seen comments about some horrible...discrimination...? Civil rights issues...? Something about it being extremely hypocritical because X-Men is all about acceptance of minorities but the movie treats at least one minority very badly.

So we watched it, and we're not really trained in identifying discrimination, but we did notice the extreme objectification of women...which, of course, is impossible not to notice. So maybe that's what those comments were referring to, or maybe it was something else, but anyway, it reminded us of something Gaston (our friend, not the actual Disney character) keeps saying. He says that because of the women's lib movement, with women trying to be just like men, everyone's confused and they don't know what they should or should not be doing anymore. One of the side effects of that is that, as far as he's seen, in some women's eyes (or at least in movies and stuff, I guess), the only way women can see that they're different from men, and thus their main identifier--the thing that gives them a sense of who they are--is the fact that they're shaped differently than men. So they use their sexiness as like their only means of asserting themselves.

I don't know if he's right or not, but it's also a fact that two of the main writers credited have names that very likely don't belong to men.

Of course, we're not saying that women should all be chased out of the workplace and sent home to be barefoot and pregnant (although it's true that neither of us likes wearing shoes in our apartment, and we think that being a good mom is the most important thing a woman can do if she has the opportunity). It's just something to think about, is all. We certainly don't want people thinking we're inferior as translators just because we're women.

Okay, so that ended up being kind of controversial, so I think I'll save my other thought for later. Of course we're open to civil discussion if anybody has anything to add or point out or anything.

Today I'm thankful for finally getting our new ringtone onto our phones, it being cool enough to enjoy Hobnob cookies without them melting into each other, having a good time at choir practice today, having lots of cookies to snack on, and having plenty of time to relax today.
Tags: thinking, x-men

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