24 Sep. 2007

The Dark Side

This is from a new book on porn called Getting Off:
It hurts to know that no matter who you are as a woman you can be reduced to a thing to be penetrated, and that men will buy movies about that, and that in many of those movies your humiliation will be the central theme. It hurts to know that so much of the pornography that men are buying fuses sexual desire with cruelty.

It hurts women, and men like it, and it hurts just to know that.
It hurts to watch the Iraq War from a distance, it hurts just to know what people are capable of. Another example from today's newspaper... Captain Matthew Didier, the leader of an elite sniper scout platoon, explains how he entraps and then murders Iraqis:
"Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy. Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it. If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual, as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against US forces."
Notice how he says "engage" rather than "shoot" or "kill". He is actually using the word to disengage from the act of murder, but you can be damn sure he gets off when he pulls that trigger. Ooh, yeah, baby!

The common thread:
In fact, the United States is a nation that has no serious objection to cruelty and degradation. Think of the way we accept the use of brutal weapons in war that kill civilians, or the way we accept the death penalty, or the way we accept crushing economic inequality.
Where are we headed, Australia?