Recently, I've been delving into Reddit, and woah shit is it sometimes a mess. I was "discussing" A Serbian Film with someone on a the main horror reddit, and its "artistic qualities". Let me lay some scenes out for you in order of descending misanthropic misery (and I mean, really, don't bother reading about them if you don't like reading about unpleasant things, just trust that they're very bad and wrong): Spoiler A woman gives birth to baby, and a man receives the bloody baby and fucks it, to the look of the excited mother's wonderment. I realise I did say "descending misery", and while this scene alone sounds like the most extreme and pointlessly awful thing you could think of, it's borderline comical in that the scene more or less falls flat on its face trying to make it sincere (read: I don't think this film was supposed to be anything but a joke in the first instance, and an extremely unsavoury one at that). Spoiler So a woman gets all her teeth pulled out while tied up, and has a dick forced down her throat, and then suffocates in agonising miserable pain while choking on this guy's dick and her own blood. Spoiler A drugged horny guy is fucking a unconscious drugged girl. While he's fucking her he's told she was of those people who is pretty much a Serbian chav/hillbilly/whatever in order to spur on his misogynist rape fucking. Suffice to say, he carries on fucking after he graphically decapitates her with a machete. I mean there's many other miserably bad points, but they are all the shittiest, "OMG why would I want to watch this," points. And I've said to friends, "Please don't watch this film," and then they at least went onto watch the, err, "highlights". I'm really not joking, just don't watch it, and I know it's human nature to be contrarian at times, but really you would be better off not watching the scenes I've mentioned above. So anyway and my disclaimer aside, the director claimed that these scenes were "representative of the plight of Serbian people [or some other such bollocks I'm paraphrasing from]". I mean, 9/10 directors from any country could take that country's make a nasty exploitative rape film and claim it as art, but does that mean they should? Does that mean that two totally exploitative death-rapes should be committed to film, rather than a nuanced approach that does that message a much better service? No it does not (I got to the not so rhetorical question before you), and I'll add the extra qualification that the film never really does in any way hammer home the, "this is the Serbian plight," metaphor - it just seems like a nasty mess. In the last scene, where a family kills themselves because of the horrors they've seen (a great metaphor for a country's plight), a moment later thugs round up their corpses to be later-fucked which scuppers that potential meaning - that's the kind of film it is. I would say overwhelming the evidence is this is a shock director having no integrity, yet I quote, I'm an "idiot freshman stuck in feminist critique" and I'm the one "taking away thoughts of pleasure from the film" despite describing it as "dangerous to watch for someone who's impressionable, as with how graphic it is I think there's a fairly thin line between watching stuff like this and watching a real rape. But hey, let's hope it's only discerning artists who get the deep felt rich metaphors behind the film watching it and not some teenagers who heard it was extreme and thought it would be a fun watch, right? It's a thoroughly misanthropic film." Despite all my salacious boobs=female empowerment (which I would say was rather regrettably articulated, the point I was trying to get across was liberal media shouldn't feel bad about sexualising men or women, maybe I did arrive at that point somewhere - I forget) that made Yuki leave I guess, apparently somewhere the internet I'm the voice of feminist critique. I guess I should add to this I was called a snake, a liar and pretending I was a godsend on only-online pokemon forums (I mean maybe the last bit is true, I have been known to be a bit of a godsend) for a playstyle and pokemon sets I popularised and piloted in recent pokemon generations, which despite very clear links to my work (and I would say mathematical workings, which this boils down to) because there was a gang on fifteen of them all claiming I was a fraud and liking each others' posts to lend them credence (this got to sour grapes territory quite quickly). I mean, if someone called me a snake in public right now, there would be some violence involved - it boggles my mind that people go as far to be so drastically rude on the internet. So what is the problem with the internet, and what is the problem with me on the internet? I guess I'm apparently a lying feminist who gets off on rape? Do I just give that vibe? I bet you all have a no-Jojobobo's club above the Drawing Room, where there's some awful Jojobobo sockpuppet that prevents my plural membership. The hot summer northern hemisphere is always when these forums get sleepy, so I'm quite happy to wait for responses to this awfully wayward thread. I will wait months, I tell you!