Things that don't go together, together at last - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 30th, 2012
10:01 am - Things that don't go together, together at last
OK folks, I'd like to know what y'all think of this. It's an art exhibition that involves naked women in various situations in which they are truly objectified - as lamps, for example, or as blank canvases for the audience to write on. It's designed to challenge people to separate nudity and objectification from sexualisation, essentially to see if they can. The premise being that the female form is so commonly sexualised that seeing it as anything other than sexual will be hard.
OK, I get that, and I'm certainly intrigued. But there's a small part of me that is seeing this as ironic sexism. Dunno, maybe it's ironic ironic sexism in that it's caricaturing ironic sexism by taking the irony to the extreme and putting lampshades on naked ladies while going "Go on, I dare you not to look at my bits! Can you?"
It probably doesn't help that I spent some of yesterday pointlessly trying to explain to someone on the internet that ironic sexism is still sexism and that adding the comment "This tweet is pointless without that chick’s number" in response to this ad is not clever or witty or even arguing a point, it's merely sexist. He insisted that irony is a better form of argument than pathos, and therefore his comment was justified. As you can imagine, I was unimpressed by this abstraction, and I'm pretty sure that interaction has coloured my view of the above.
So I'm asking you, what do you think? I will probably go see it regardless, because like I said, I'm intrigued. But I'm curious whether my little flashes of "Umm..." are on track or not.
Look, I made more Skyrim friends!
This is actually kind of out of date, but still sums up my Skyrim social life pretty well. I hang out with horses a lot. And that person in the foreground, getting in the way of the shot and messing it up? That's Lydia. If you've played Skyrim you'll be going "Ah yup" right about now. She's.. monumentally stupid. She stands in doorways, gets in pictures the wrong way round, and can't climb up the same things I can so she ends up running the long way round and I have to wait for her. She does carry my crap for me though, and she seems to be quite good at getting and keeping aggro. Her archery is legendary. And she's not dead yet which is quite amazing really. I actually sort of like her because she's not perfect. In short, she makes Hawk look clever and does a reasonable job of helping me not get killed. ;-)
But sometimes I just want to grab her by the horns and throw her somewhere out of my way. And I do wish she had a backstory and conversational ability. We've run a lot of miles together and we ran out of conversation options after the first two. Step up, Bethesda.
Anyway, I've been playing the game for about 60 hours total now and while I'm still enjoying it, it does feel quite a lot like I'm playing for completion rather than being carried along in an adventure. It's fun, it's distracting but I have no real drive to achieve any of the main goals. I haven't joined a faction because, well, the Imperials tried to kill me and the Stormcloaks are a pack of racists. I don't really care about the political stuff, but I quite like killing dragons. It still reminds me of WoW, especially now that I have more gold than a bull can shit and my inventory's almost entirely made up of ingredients for alchemy/smithing.
So I'll do the main questline to the finish but then I think I'll drop it, and maybe pick it up again later if I'm in the mood for aimless wandering in a beautiful, empty land picking flowers.
Incidentally, I don't know if it's the timing or what but since playing Skyrim, I've been struck by the urge to stop and pick certain bushes that I see growing on the side of the road. Hee.
Dear weather gods, I have 40-odd sheep to shear tomorrow. Please be nice and let me get them done. Cheers.