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Street gawking

If you saw this woman on the street, how would you react?

Wondering why I’m even asking this question? Yesterday, the DoubleX blog posted an article by Troy Patterson called A Dandy’s Guide to Girl-Watching and the comment page exploded. Patterson rhapsodized about the joys of checking out women. The article itself is rather annoying in its style, which tries to be arch and funny by using overly academic language (sample sentence: “Despite all the many philosophical inquiries into beauty since the Greeks and into sidewalk scenes since Baudelaire, there is an acute shortage of discourse on the subject of checking out hot chicks”).

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As far as I’m concerned, this video mash up is the best thing on the web right now:

And this post by creator Jonathan McIntosh beautifully lays out why Buffy is a better role model than Bella and Buffy the Vampire Slayer a much more feminist and empowering universe than Twlight. But it’s more complex than Buffy vs. Edward. For over a hundred years, vampires have been the archetype by which we explore taboo sexuality, especially female sexuality. Vampire attacks teach us what female sexuality is “really” like–when a woman is undead she is beyond the control of society and acts only to please herself.

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I recently rented Taken (2008), a generally serviceable thriller starring Liam Neeson as a retired CIA agent who goes to Paris to rescue his daughter, Kim, after she’s been snatched by white slavers. While the film itself isn’t bad, the gender politics are so reactionary they made me cringe.

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