||[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.