OTOH I could do without all the sexualisation of teenage girls.

I mean, I know that’s kind of the point of the plot, but still…

2017-09-05T14:46:29+00:00 24th August, 2015|Tags: pop culture, tv, twin peaks|5 Comments

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  1. inkteller 24th August, 2015 at 11:41 am

    yeah, i was having those feels. esp since all the teen girl players are sexualized in some manner (i’m not shipping dale and audrey for that reason).

    • Alis 24th August, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Yeah, IKR?

      And I mean, like, the show is kinda a critique of rape culture and men who abuse women, and kinda saying that girls should be allowed to experience sexuality without being shamed for it…

      … but it’s also saying that while being very definitely made by straight dudes with a big fat male gaze. So… yeah.

      That being said, I’ve heard The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer has a kind of interesting take on things. I really need to read that.

      • inkteller 24th August, 2015 at 2:45 pm

        what i don’t really like is how omnipresent rape is? like how they need to prove how terrible people are because they’re rapists, not because they’re genuinely awful people.

        • Alis 25th August, 2015 at 2:48 pm

          Ah, yeah. I probably should’ve warned about that. Sorry. oTZ

          Lynch’s whole shtick is the hypocrisy of middle-class whitebread suburbia, particularly as it relates to sexuality, and particularly particularly how it relates to women suffering under dysfunctional male sexuality. I probably give his stuff a bit more of a pass than I do most others in this ilk, because he doesn’t usually take the line that female sexuality is inherently evil/dirty/wrong/victimizing. And he also doesn’t usually excuse or lionise abusive men.

          Laura’s story is pretty much case-in-point about this, but you kind of have to not just get through the entire series, but a lot of the meta around the series to get to it. (Because, yanno. It’s Lynch.) Without too many spoilers, there’s a potential for her killer to be sympathetic, and he… kind of is, if you don’t think about it too hard. But there are other things in the series that make it pretty clear that, no, actually, that interpretation’s bullshit; he had other options and he took the “easy” way out, where the “easy” way hurt others. Laura, faced with the same situation, eventually chose not to, even at the cost of her life. Not to mention her death is the cumulation of her story–and the series is about uncovering that story–rather than “just” the start of Cooper’s.

          So yeah. Tl;dr kinda rapey, but in a way that gives a lot more agency to its women than a lot of more modern shows that try and copy the formula.

          IMO, anyway. YMMV. 6^^

          • inkteller 25th August, 2015 at 2:52 pm

            yeah, i’m on episode 6, but i needed to take a break because of those undertones. i’ll go back in a little while, i wanna see how people get caught.

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