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My favorite Faux Space Family begins its trek across wherever. Let's talk about:

- 33
- Water
- Bastille Day

Jacob never recapped this season, so there's a dearth of pith and wisdom out there and I feel like we can fix that. (Plus, "dearth of pith"? That was fun to say.)



Nov. 24th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Water
I understand that fathers consider it part of their role to define manhood for their sons. And I think Bill's version is realistic. The version of a good father would be more like, "You are a man that I'm proud of, and here's why." Or "It's ok for a man to question himself. How can I help you?" Here, Bill is 1) belittling Lee for his question, 2) distancing himself from Lee by differentiating them on this "manhood" thing, 3) discouraging further openness from Lee.

To me, the "man" thing always has a tinge of macho to it, unless it's being said as a joke (in which case I very much appreciate it :). It not only differentiates the speaker from "others", but from women. If "a man" is strong, or "a man" leads by example...what is "a woman"?

Which, to me, says Lee is willing to attend more of Professor Bill's Manhood Lectures.

Sadly, even though the question was asked before the little smacknown he got, he is. Lee, over the course of the series, is more open to his father than his father deserves. And, like I said, I am a fan of Bill. Just not in this particular area. But he has gotten much, much better through the time they've spent together. Just not here, in "Water".
Nov. 26th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Water
If "a man" is strong, or "a man" leads by example...what is "a woman"?
No argument here. The obvious implication is that women are not strong, not decisive. And we've all known plenty of strong, decisive women -- and weak, indecisive men -- to know what a load a crap the obvious implication is.

It's what still disturbs me in the moment near the end of Season 1 of SN, when Dan has divulged the Casey/Sally/Gordon triangle, that Casey calls Dan "a woman." Because it implies that Dan's actions are womanly and therefore beneath him.

When a man is compared to a boy, I'm much less troubled. I think it's appropriate to call someone on immature behavior. Likewise when a man is accused of being a girl; that particular insult is, I believe, much more about an accusation of immaturity, with a dash of humor. I don't think the ugliness of dubbing females the "inferior gender" carries through in most instances.