Belle, the Beast, and Nietzsche’s Gaston

Beauty and the Beast might be the best traditionalist story dealing with the problem of marriage and women, even in its modern animated form – which is the only form I’ll be dealing with, as the original lacks Gaston. Most people who talk about Gaston, particularly women, pretend they are Belle – or that Belle represents all women – and that Gaston is some kind of anti-woman patriarchal demon behind an attractive mask. Clearly this isn’t the case – in fact, central to his character is his nearly ubiquitous female appeal; women want Gaston, and to pretend they’re all oblivious to his character, or that Belle’s refusal was even tied to character, is childish. Is there something to say about both this obvious fact, and the modern unwillingness to apprehend it?

Thoughts on The Mandalorian

A random post from a large liberal website said that the Mandalorian was a real hero and example of positive masculinity. What did they mean by this? Certainly they meant to contrast positive masculinity with toxic masculinity, as defined by women (the arbiters of modern masculinity). But do they actually mean? Is he an example of what we want modern masculinity to be? And what defines his lack of toxicity? His isolation, excepting, of course, an almost self-destructive paternal instinct toward a child that isn’t his? His strength? His competence? A pure, and in spite of his hatred of sentient machines, his almost robotic competence that exerts no moral control? Or, more generally, is it his lack of passion? This is the key point.

On the Subordination of Women

What an awful idea. Only a monster would believe something like this. Why do we have to subordinate anyone, let alone women as a group? But over the long years of women’s suffrage and legal equality, have women demonstrated a desire to be equals? Or simply a desire to be given equality? Furthermore, what have women done with that equality? What’s the status of our heterosexual (reproductive) relationships? What can be said about the happiness of men, and women, in our society now that women have their so-called freedom? This is the key point.

Confessions of a former anti-racist

What is it to be against racism? It’s an easy thing to support, if you have any empathy – these people are just like us; and it’s true, as far as it goes: we are all human. But is there more? Have we forgotten something? Do our families matter? And how many levels of human relation beyond our family matter to our identities, and our histories, and therefore, our futures? Do these anti-racists also think we can choose even our families? This is the key point.

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