Out of scholarly duty I saw Savages and it is even worse than expected — it feels like an assault, really. In any case, I was reminded that Laguna Beach is beautiful and I miss it. I learned that Mexicans are savages and pacifists are highly corruptible and unreliable, and that the sanguine, clean, and clearheaded, that is to say the expert violence of an Iraq veteran and former mercenary are the answer in tough times.

In other news I am coming out as an anti-pornography person. You can decide I am anti-sex if you would like, but really I am a mere savage. I am just not American, what can I say. In any case Gail Dines’ book Pornland, about which I know from Hattie, looks much more nuanced, historically informative, and generally interesting than do some of her shorter interviews.

Based on the previews I saw at the movies, the content of the film I saw and Dines’ book, in addition to my recent experience observing one of our Afghanistan interrogators in sn offshoot of action, it appears that U.S. culture is primarily about glorified assault.




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11 responses to “Savages

  1. WI

    Sorry that you have been exposed, twice in a row, to such violence. I guess you’re learning how to avoid it. On a different issue, I just finished some writing on relationships in our culture that I just deposited in my desktop. I need to wait until I know where and when to let you read it. I named it star.

    Have a wonderful weekend and please give yourself a break from unpleasant events.

  2. Z

    Thank you WI! I think one thing to avoid is commercial theatres in US, esp. in south. I will now concentrate on pleasant experiences I have had … but it is odd to have to be so self protective, I must say.

    Manuscript, if you want mail it to me at I am interested. Learned from the Dines book, chapter 1, why that man Charles, that I was seeing here a while back, seemed so odd and incoherent on women — his professor might as well have been Hugh Hefner! 😉

  3. Vero

    There are people who are just violently rude. They call you and if you try to be polite and listen to them, they will just hang up on you whenever they feel like, no matter at what point of a conversation they initiated they might be. Rude assholes!

    • Z

      I know, I have had this happen. I interrupt what I am doing to be nice to the person who has called, and then they suddenly hang up.

      • Vero


        You seem to accept that situation in a very tolerant manner. I wish I could do that. It maybe that in the country that you live things work differently. In my case, I feel very offended.

        I, very rarely, hang up the telephone on people without alerting them first (sorry, I am in a rush and will hang up the telephone, sorry, I am not interested in that, don’t force me to hang up etc.). Only after having alerted them, and if they had kept insisting I would have cut off the conversation.

        I wish I could learn that tolerance from you because it happens to me quite frequently.

  4. Dines’ book left me feeling clear-headed and unperturbed about porn. Odd, that, I seldom worry about things I can understand and can therefore fight back against. The bewilderment women feel about male behavior is largely due to male immersion in porn culture, which is nothing new except that it has been so commercialized.

    • Traveller

      The book appears interesting but I will not go out of my way to acquire it. I have no judgment on the effects of pornland in our society and believe that widely accepted practices are not right or wrong just because they are accepted. Personally, I think that the use of porn in an intimate setting (i.e. your home), with the person you love and are committed to love is a great way to enhance enjoyment, passion and strengthen your relationship. And, when for different reasons, you’re to be separated temporarily from your SO, I find that internet can provide a useful platform to mitigate loneliness and separation. I, however, detest the use of pornsex through the internet as a way of maintaining relationships for life without any type of commitment or creativity for encounters with total physical proximity. I find it violent and violating my intimacy and sense of true love. But, maybe, this is just me.

  5. Z

    “The bewilderment women feel about male behavior is largely due to male immersion in porn culture”

    Yes, this is what I figured out from the Dines book. Absolutely amazing — it explains so very much.

    (Also — I’ve been seeing someone who works in a trade, not white collar, and doesn’t do the computer thing and does not have to for work. In general he acts more like men did before the intensification of porn culture. I do not mean not machista and all, but I do mean like someone accustomed to interacting with actual people and not just images. I was going to bring him into the modern world, show him how to use the computer, but perhaps I will not.)

  6. Z

    Vero, I do not talk on the phone much any more, so that is why I sound calm about this. Do they also hit you with call waiting?

    In the pre e-mail days I used to really hate it when someone would call me to talk about their issues, interrupting my work, and then get a call and have me wait for them on call waiting. That was *seriously* rude.

  7. Traveller


    You must be a very popular person when people call you to talk about their issues. I mean they will not be friends because you won’t feel they are interrupting your work. Anyway, you sound like a very calm and tolerant person.

  8. Z

    I am calm and tolerant until I realize I have been far too calm and tolerant for too long, at which times I melt down. So I am trying to be a little less tolerant, so it doesn’t get to the meltdown point.

    Popular, I don’t know — too kind, perhaps. They will not be friends because I will not feel they are interrupting, that is interesting. Perhaps this crowd was in fact not friends, or at least not acting like friends.

    This was all when we were new professors. People would call to try to figure out professordom and other new professional jobs. They all felt that whatever issue was happening at their place was far more important and transcendent than whatever was happening at mine. It seemed that I owed it to them to be sympathetic and so on because they were so much more important than I and were also having so much of a harder time, at places that actually mattered.

    So, you see, part of the tolerance and calm has to do with having been raised to be a caretaker of the ill and to always put others first — to the detriment of my work, my life, and so on, which were only games, not important except insofar as they could entertain the ill and make *them* feel important.

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