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Saturday, May 21, 2016

What happened to male friendships, will happen to females

The actress Sophie Turner playing the girl tied to the railroad trackSansa Stark figures that Sansa needs to hook up with Margery Tyrell. h/t Yahoo (I really shouldn't click onto Yahoo).

The premise is worth pondering given how George "Rape Rape" Martin has been running this series. Margery is a schemer and she played to Joffrey's urges; I suspect she was there when her intended shot up that whore from Littlefinger's lupanar. Sansa, meanwhile, is ruined now and easy prey. "Shipping" those two would make sense in this world... if Margery and/or the other Tyrells had an angle. If you think this has a happy ending you haven't been paying attention. But let's for now pretend that Martin would play this, er, straight.

Turner is one who hasn't been paying attention, to anything. Turner is thinking let's strike a blow for SOCIAL EQUALITY JUSTICE! Turner is young, short-sighted, ignorant, and surrounded by biens-pensants. So she doesn't know any better.

Female friendships often strike Western males as overly close and physical, and definitely more emotional ("BFFs 4eva!!") But it's just agápē. Male friendships used to be like that too, which is why male philosophers had a word for it. Male agápē still survives in the Balkans and the Caucasus, or so I hear. Not so much in the tolerant virtuous West, though. The poofters ruined it for us. Now too many of us fear intimacy as That Kind of intimacy. Such men become atomised.

More public lesbianism in the West and in Western culture stands a real chance of ruining female agápē as well. That won't matter much for the beautiful people like Sophie Turner. But some dorky little girl in junior high? What's going to happen to her relationships in a (more) sexualised culture?

Probably something not too far different from what happened to the character Turner plays. Winter is coming, as they say.

posted by Zimri on 17:56 | link | 0 comments

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