With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.
NOT ALL MOVIES FROM 1980.
Traditionally, when ships would sink or buildings burn, women and children, in whom the hopes for the survival of the human race primarily rest, were evacuated before all others. To save the race, the argument went, save the women and children first. But this suggests an unsettling corollary. To exterminate a race, the logic went, first exterminate the women and children.
My pal, Mike Schleeter, has started a Tumblr and is currently using it to record his thoughts upon visiting the concentration camps in Poland last week. It’s an incredible read from a thoughtful writer I’m privileged to know.
Professors gotta profess.
Mmm. That looks good. I think I’ll make that.