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[Jun. 29th, 2004|03:44 pm]


A script. In the dialog, one guy says to another: "You back on the market?" He means romantically, in terms of dating. The objection is made - "that sounds too wholesome or too gay."

It's concluded that "You back in the game?" is the fix.

Because...oh, it's obvious, it's obvious, and it's still got the sticky sheen of emotion all over it, but - because: it's fine for women to portray relationships as shopping, with them as the product. But for a man, a relationship has to be a game. Likely zero-sum.

I think of "Swingers," where the move the guy makes is from being nice (in the back of that trailer, being consoled by that Vegas cocktail waitress, among her stuffed animals, being cuddled like a stuffed animal), to being a predator. That's what his friend says to talk him up - you're a huge bear with claws and fangs and she's just a helpless little bunny.

And what? You're going to kill her?

Why must the girl be figured as helpless, as vulnerable, as land krill?

Rabbits. We try to use them to denote harmlessness. But in zones of such ambient terror that the bloodthirsty killer rabbit (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) becomes a trope in its own right.

[User Picture]From: nightspore
2004-06-29 05:39 pm (UTC)

Adam Kuper on Lévi-Strauss in the LRB

"His erratic English disciple, Edmund Leach, came up with a vivid if unreliable example of what Lévi-Strauss variously termed socio-logic - the science of the concrete - or totemism. Like many peoples, the English tend to classify animals first and foremost according to whether or not they are edible. Working with this binary opposition, they distinguish pets, farmyard animals and wild animals. Pets are taboo; they cannot be eaten. We normally eat the flesh of farmyard animals. Wild animals are killed and eaten under special, ritualised conditions, and their meat is associated with outcast rural poachers or with aristocratic hunts and feasts....

"Anomalies are not treated as conceptual weaknesses, needing to be sorted out. Rather, they help us to think about ambiguous or anomalous relationships. Rabbits don't fit very well into the English system of totemism. Is the rabbit a pet, a farmyard animal or a wild animal? Many English people are queasy about eating rabbit, and slang words for rabbit (cunny, bunny etc) are used in the context of ludicrous or dangerous sexual relationships."
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[User Picture]From: kadiran
2004-07-02 09:33 pm (UTC)
i tardily direct you to http://www.big-bunny.com. rabbits with teeth.
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