Predators as Victims... A Non-Sequitor
Posted by Ashtoreth
My comment was garbled, so I posted it on the blog function on my page. You can read my essay response there. If I again exceed the word limit and it garbles, I will post it there also... an awkward way to communicate. ;)
You write and express yourself beautifully. However, I stand by the refusal to intellectualize and fractionalize WHAT IS. The young girl is not any male, and that is never their intention. They are seeking to hide themselves and deceive you if they say that; just as the cannibal cop sat weeping for himself that he was 'misunderstood' and what he engaged in were 'fantasies', when they were deeply expressed longings and plans. In the case of these artists, it is a blueprint.
When a man finds a way to act this out, he is not abused, that is nonsense. Only the young girl is abused or destroyed, and society at large is left feeling less safe. It is not just Japanese, but they codify and celebrate such in their art, media, and fetish culture. I came across a book of photographs of this world in the late 1990's that I never forgot. It is real. The women, some of the Caucasian, drugged, brainwashed and subjugated, dressed up in fetish clothes teetering in high heels set into decorated prosthetic legs, some that looked like fish bowls, with goldfish swimming inside. The men who did this to them 'were not abused'. And to those who would call this art or beauty, let them allow someone to saw off their legs.
Indeed, this media represents and feeds a problem which is not just Japanese, but global. The cannibal cop was American. His mentor, a 57 year old NHS nurse with a wife and grown children had bragged about having 'eaten women to death', a black one, and a white one, and had posted a picture of an Asian one he 'had big plans for'. If you've visited the Miscer (Miscellaneous) threads on the chat boards of the US site Bodybuilders.com, you will see a constant stream of virulent misogyny, combined with slavering male worshiping and confirmation that they are 'brahs' (brothers) and 'alpha' (dominant).
Women are discussed with contempt, sometimes mixed with lust, and always as non-human... unlike the 'brahs'. They speak of 'smashing' women, 'hitting her two times', 'destroying her', 'annihilating her'. These are usually young men talking about young girls, and then we wonder at all these cases of males snapping and brutally murdering their girlfriend for daring to say "No, I am moving on with my life." Often, these people are no more than 18 or 20.
Existentially, these males have been thrown into a maelstrom. SHE IS NOTHING! I AM THE ONLY PERSON, THE ONLY ONE WITH VALUE AND FEELINGS AND A POINT OF VIEW! I AM ALPHA!.... And with that, they bludgeon her skull in or otherwise destroy her in an annihilating spasm of narcissistic rage. That they destroy their own lives, that they will be held responsible, in no way compares to the suffering, the agony, the knowledge that they were being destroyed by someone they knew and trusted of the young girl they figuratively put in a blender and turned to pulp, or in some cases did not know at all. In. No. Way.
This is too common, the male narcissism and bloated sense of entitlement to enjoy and destroy the female at will, the assumption of dominance, the insistence of it for self and gender definition, and the roots are clear. Actually, they are manifold, including rap music and video games. Forms of violent porn cut across cultural boundaries and are easily available in a global marketplace. There is a global market for manga fetish. Sites and message boards feed, massage, and excuse the most hateful predilections of males, who should be shamed and shunned.
We must look at things clearly and not blind ourselves by intellectual acrobatics that do not leave us able to call a spade a spade, and therefore to deal with the problem, on a family and societal level. To over-intellectualize to the point of turning things inside out and leveling the victim with the abuser is to excuse and give folds of ironically here, 'a woman's skirts', to hide behind.
Such men count on this. There is no such thing for a woman getting her lovely face bashed in, or her trachea crushed, or her entrails ripped out as her vagina is torn. It is never a man who is the victim there. NEVER. For them, it is only a psychopathic power trip and a prurient sex rush. And you cover for them with your exquisite words. Don't excuse yourself, you do. You must not. A 'theory of the young girl' as something abstract yet purile to be 'vanquished' and 'tortured' is pretentious pseudo-intellectual twaddle. Let that little masturbator explain his theory to the parents who lost such a family member.
This is the new 'male empowerment'. The 'final solution' to women's empowerment. Men in this way are making themselves the detached predators and rending destroyers of women, if only in their minds. This should not be tolerated, and those that feed the supply lines for such appetites should be held responsible... until they find something else to paint.
To See, Or Not To See.... What Is Before You
Posted by Ashtoreth
This post is a comment made on this article: http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/33694?tab=COMMENTS
This was a well written post, an intellectually frothy bit of 'amuse bouche', that uses linguistic artistry to dance around what is THERE, and therein lies the problem.
The Japanese Samurai spoke of two ways of seeing things. There is 'gen', with illusion, and 'zantotsu', as things are. What this writer presents is gen. We can answer the question posed without her help. If anything, she has kowtowed and submitted herself to this artist's neck twisting move on her, and all women who encounter his 'art'.
I am provoked and piqued, but not the way he might comfortably expect. I am inspired. Perhaps I should do a painting of penises in a blender, or an installation where at a set time, and with ritual ceremony, I hit 'Frappe' on a collection of lifelike dildos. Don't forget, I am a genius. ;) You have major pucker factor boys and girls? I am detached and immune, ironic and provoking your bourgeois minds. That in itself is the real art here, the pose and effect.
Betraying her stifled squirms, the writer hazards a thought of who the ardent collectors of this artist's works are. Perhaps it is someone like this person, who frequents sites where other men congeal their simmering misogyny and rage at the advances in women's empowerment; their improved access to education, income, and property; the return of sovereignty to their bodies and reproduction to their hands, and who devoutly wish to deceive and betray their wish for male companionship to maim, rape, kill, and even eat them. I think this artist taps into a dark trend, which requires an answer, not submissive pandering. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289069/Cannibal-cop-WONT-testify-revealed-court-Dark-Fetish-website-used-38-000-members-4-500-active-users.html
For a woman writer of obvious talent to affect the stilted intellectual pretense of asking if this man and those who show and buy his art are misogynist is sad. Intellectualism is to bring us closer to the truth, not to obscure it with elegant wordplay and dialectic. She is defacto agreeing with the artist and his presenters in their definition of her; who are using and abusing her by extracting her collusion and promotion. Instead of cutting off her arms and legs and making her look like a dog, they are cutting off her common sense and making her look like a monkey.
As for the archetype of the young girl, who in their mind has not the means to defend herself from their morbid predations, I must wonder; if the alternate diode is the used up salary man, what is to be made of women who are not 'the young girl'? Do they simply not exist?
I believe this may explain why Japanese women do not want to appear as 'women', but rather as infantilized fetishes, a pose that must grow stale and tiresome. Perhaps this is also why increasingly, Japanese women do not want to marry Japanese men?
And can you blame them? Who would want to cater to a 'little emperor' turned salary man who would consign you to domestic dross while he masturbates and goes in search of a 'young girl' to 'torture' and fuck?
Perhaps answering images of women torturing and eating men are in order... broaden out the dialogue here, and throw them from their smug position into the void of women's wrath at their nerve to glorify and promote the most dehumanizing abuse of women, representing their total destruction, even maiming and consummation.
Perhaps when these men are metaphorically forced with their heads into the oven, they will feel primal fear and terror and find their humanity again. For too many I fear there is no hope.
Men need to deal with the fact that 2,000 years of total suppression of women is over. The Jinn is out of the bottle, and is not going back in the box. Men who seethe and fantasize and form communities of like minds fed by mind food as this artist provides WILL act this out on REAL women. THAT is to see things 'as they are', Zantotsu. Like the man from New York now on trial for using police computers to track women to 'torture, rape, kill, and eat', he would have fed upon these images; along with the NHS male nurse hiding in plain sight as a community carer and family man; and the butcher the policeman promised could slit his wife's throat and let her 'bleed out like a goat'. There is a real Japanese underground where part of the fetishes include THE ACTUAL amputation of women's limbs.
Women, of all people, assuming you declare that you are 'people'; that not just males are 'people' should not, cannot afford to make intellectual pas de deux with material like this. The casualties will be real women. And then, there will be real world consequences.
We need a return to chivalry, of men looking to be tempered in the Lady's discipline, by which they become real men, not these sniveling sneezing little male masturbators who are only worthy of being a crocodile's lunch.
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