novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([bsg] crack centurion)
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Today I bring to you, unedited, snippets from a paper devoted to her. Spoilers for the entire BSG show.







[In plain-er English: She is so awesome she needs to be killed to stop the proliferation of subversive meanings her being awesome, yo.]

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Date: 2011-09-11 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiv5468.livejournal.com
Rolly eyes. I'm not sure whether I dislike the analysis or the underlying show, but that makes me ... discontented. I don't like the idea that we have to accept the gender binary as our starting point, because I reject the gender binary as inadequate and inaccurate.

Also, what does it mean to say that the female military are more suspicious? Do they mean questionable / dubious character?

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Date: 2011-09-11 10:45 pm (UTC)
ext_13247: ([misc] annihilating feminine)
From: [identity profile] novin-ha.livejournal.com
We probably don't have to accept it as the starting point, but the show overtly claims to destabilize it while - in my opinion - reinforcing it. For a text that's supposed to show a post-gender world, there is a lot of gender fail, beginning and ending with the fact that women (especially women of colour) die while white men survive.

I know that bit about suspiciousness is slightly awkward :/ It's supposed to mean, iirc, that narratively something is presumed to be wrong with them, making them more likely to abuse power / prove to be unstable.

And I'm stuck wondering whether critical gender analysis necessarily reinforces the binary opposition by assuming it, or can be useful towards undermining it.

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Date: 2011-09-11 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiv5468.livejournal.com
Ah, I agree with that about BSG. Something else I gave up on fairly sharpish because I didn't like the gender politics.

I tend to think the former, mostly. I just don't know what the alternative is. It's useful for saying where you are, but not where you want to be, and a lot of the time it just turns any female portrayal of catch 22.

Sighs. I hope I'm not harshing your fandom love for women.

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Date: 2011-09-12 06:42 am (UTC)
ext_13247: ([sailor] destruction girl)
From: [identity profile] novin-ha.livejournal.com
You aren't! I very consciously chose two women characters from texts I have a lot of issues with. Your comments are much appreciated :)

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