Watched Lynne Koplitz, a super funny comedienne with a Netflix original stand-up show. She wore a glamorous dress and decked out her stage in 60s furniture surrounded by colorful fans. Hilarious jokes! save for a few about rape. It's like The Good Place which played three episodes even as I lamented its stereotypes. The leading female flashes on a hidden-camera recording of a potential employer who gropes an interviewee. This is American comedy, for the most part: absent a certain respect for innocence and vulnerability.
Media frequently deliver jokes about rape, messages that trivialize groping and other sexual acts. Maybe it's a type of control mechanism. Like, if I joke about it, it's not as offensive or scary. Perhaps they don't think about how awful the topics really are, about how jokes minimize their horrid nature. In their minds, it could be that justice lingers on air but rarely in form, and the universe is binary and empty anyway, so why bother with moral or ethical concepts. Great humor that's void of misogyny is somewhat difficult to discover because so many folks seem to connect with that good-bad pious-slut outlook on life.
Do you see what I see.
Will you be: It's them or me.
Do you gather
how your speech
After years of South Park, Grey's Anatomy, Law and Order: SVU, The Golden Girls, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google News ... brains can max out on the American identity that's crafted through cultural messages. The actors and actresses, writers, directors, assistants, and multiple other titles that go into media delivery -- they're playing to an audience -- people who may or may not consume their messages. So no disrespect intended to the art and artists who manifested these creations. It's just not the kind of writing I like or could watch for a long time. Same as the reason I had to quit watching Game of Thrones. The violence and disregard for human suffering was too much for me to process after a while. Media, the music we listen to, the messages we consume about ourselves, our sexual identities, our characters. These things affect sensitive introverts to a great extent.
It's not every personality who considers upright action or the meaning of good and sustainable behavior. Not all of us think these thoughts or read about them.
Is there a right or wrong way? Yes, no, maybe, sometimes. The emotional part, the rational part, the wise part of consideration (a dialectical behavior therapy perspective). Whatever it is, do we act now, say something later, attempt to integrate it into our sense of normal, and what does each choice indicate about our character. Where is our center. With which words and beliefs do we indicate comfort or agreement. Do others know whether we agree with their ideas? Should it matter whether we externalize positive reinforcement.
These are questions of introspection, love and value for meaning and purpose. May each of us respect and value our answers in this moment.
Well hello there.