Every year, my family goes to Las Vegas because it's my father's favorite city. I suffer through the rampant sexual objectification, swearing I'm going to write a ranty blog post and never getting to it. One highlight of the trip, though, is the Mac King Comedy Magic Show. Though there are a few innuendo-laden jokes, the show is very family-friendly and enjoyable--even if it's easy to figure out how the tricks might work. One point that always makes me uncomfortable, though, is a throwaway line that uses the idea of being transgender as a joke in itself.
(This little bit was written for a Political Science class)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail depicts the concept of the divine right of kings in a very satirical way. King Arthur is in general seen as a romantic view of the British monarchy, to have claimed the throne because he was meant to do so. This is challenged through his discussion with Dennis. Arthur describes the lady of the lake, a magical being who gave him Excalibur, which signifies his rule. The myth makes it seem like it’s perfectly natural for he to be king, but Dennis might come from modern times and has no respect for myths. To him, myths don’t exist; only people exist. To him, Arthur is only a person asserting rule in such a way that differs from Dennis’ anarcho-syndicalist ideology that has people ruling collectively. The myth is further satirized when God shows up. While God is supposed to be respected in our society, Monty Python depicts him in a disrespectful fashion using obvious cardboard cutouts and a negative portrayal of God’s authority. God sends the knights on a quest for the grail for no apparent reason, it’s unclear where the grail is (it may be at Castle Anthrax or Castle Arrrrg or somewhere else entirely), and the knights are unable to complete their quest. The whole thing looks like a colossal waste of time, prompting the question of whether God had any greater purpose or just wanted to mess with his underlings. God’s servants, the monks, are also portrayed as fantastically stupid. This disrespect of religion and religious authority shows up in their other movie Life of Brian.
The Star Trek episode “The Omega Glory” begins with the shocking discovery of a Starfleet ship whose crew has been almost entirely killed by an unknown contagion. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, infected by the contagion, beam down to the planet Omega in the hopes of becoming well and to keep the rest of the Enterprise safe. Kirk cares for his people, which is a contrast to fellow Starfleet captain Tracey, who is shown to be a corrupt ruler.
I think the idea of a movement composed of politically active males seeking to eliminate the effects of sexism as they negatively impact males is a good thing, and I want to like the Men’s Rights Movement. I’ve gone to various MRM sites, and I’ve tried to give them a fair shot. However, though they make a good point here and there, the vast majority of what I’ve seen is paranoid sexist garbage coming from whiners who have no idea of the greater social structure that disproportionately benefits men at the expense of women. The whole thing tends to read like rich people yelling that charities only benefit the poor (and isn’t it horrible that society endorses these classist institutions?). If I was in control of the thing, I’d have the movement completely bulldozed and rebuilt from the ground up to work as a sister movement (oh look, a sign the feminists have corrupted our language; women must love that the traditional gender to describe objects is female) to the feminist movement.
It seems that every time I make a search that includes the word "sexist", you come up with "sexiest" for the majority of the results. While the two words are similarly spelled, they have quite different meanings. In fact, the "sexiest" pages tend to glorify the objectification of women, being in themselves sexist. It is therefore the exact opposite of the kind of thing I'm looking for. Do fix this.