In light of the changing face of monetization on the internet please warmly welcome the permanent Patreon link in the blog. I can’t drag my feet about monetization anymore, what with the loss of project wonderful & gradual loss of ad value in general. The image link is still on the sidebar, but no one really notices it. I may start adding other links in the blog permanently as I think of stuff to add. Honestly I think most of the blog readers are already patrons, but who knows. I’ve never been good at promoting myself, so maybe I’ll just listen to other people & see what happens.
You know, I wonder how people would be reacting if Reggie was the aggressor in his interactions with Maddison. There’s so many layers involved in the interaction to break down. As it is he’s not used to being pursued. With Nina he was the one chasing, but he was pretty respectful, & didn’t come off as creepy. He was clear with her that he liked her, but wasn’t pushy to the point of not being able to work with Nina. He also didn’t expect anything from her if he was nice. Of course I can’t remember every interaction anymore & I may be remembering it in a better light than it really was. I know he was mean spirited about it with Ed, but he still held to his morals.
The other day I watched a few minutes of some 80s movie. I forget what it was, but I actually noticed how the young male lead never took the agency of his object of desire into account. I never would have noticed that in my youth. That was normal. The idea of women as a prize for good behavior was just the way things were. Not in every film obviously, but particularly in movies aimed at young men. Strangely, movies you might not expect break this trend. Tron, for example, only has two (arguably one) female character, but she’s always treated as an intellectual equal to the male cast members. The idea that she’s not as smart as them isn’t ever entertained. Robocop’s partner isn’t treated as a token hire. It’s just taken as normal in the context of that film that a female cop is equal to any other. It’s never addressed at all. Conan The Barbarian, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, & Terminator also generally present women as beings with agency. Anyway, it’s interesting to look back over some of this stuff through the lens of the now.