December 11th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Further thoughts on violence.

As I said yesterday, it seems to me that Lynn is too shallow and oblivious to understand war. I simply can't read strips like the ones I talked about or a Lynnsight like the one I quoted and believe that she understands the issue on any sort of realistic level. Her breezy comment about how all that needs to happen is for the women of the world to sit the silly, conflict-causing men down so that they can shop in peace betrays her as being so transfixed by the cults of woman-as-apolitical-domestic-angel and man-as-silly-child-in-need-of-female-guidance that her judgment on the matter is, at best, suspect. Despite her paying lip service to the sacrifices of our veterans most Novembers, I can't help but feel that she sees war as a folly visited on the world by people too lazy and cruel to be bothered keeping the peace and maintained by men too in love with team sports to not participate. For her, a childhood disagreement, a hockey game and the brutal slaughter that she learned about in history class are different versions of the same scary thing: violence that hurts people who aren't supposed to get hurt.

The reason for this is that she's made it quite clear that she sees most forms of violence as being wonderfully funny because they don't really matter. The woman was raised to believe that certain targets of violence either deserve it and that when violence happens to other categories of people or animals, it can't be said to really hurt and thanks to the miracle of the confirmation bias, nothing has happened to change her mind all that much. Watching Farley get abused is loads of fun because dogs are just big, furry clowns here to amuse us, children beating the crap out of one another are funny because nothing that happens before you're eighteen counts and watching weak little women like Liz and Elly pretend like they can hurt big, strong men is fun because, well, female-on-male violence is harmless. The only form of violence that counts is one she only depicted the once: male-on-female abuse. That is not funny because someone who shouldn't be hurt got hurt. War is bad merely because of its potential to hurt mothers and children, school yard beefs are bad because they scare helpless girls and all sports fans are monsters who bash up women; her mother said so so it must be true.

The problem of trying to explain to her that female-on-male violence or kicking a dog that bothers her are as bad as male-on-female violence has a lot to do with her reluctance to question any of the moral precepts she was raised to respect that aren't an inconvenience to her. It's like trying to get Liz to see that while she might find it unfair that she can't see a married man whenever she wants to, common sense and common courtesy bar the door for her.