Last Psychiatrist gets brutal on the most recent woman-hating pop-feminism entertainment...
Nothing she does makes her a badass. What makes her a badass is that men underestimate her. If you don't believe me, what scene did you pick? The same one the audience did, the one that made them cheer the loudest, wwoooooooohhhh!!!!!!"
There's a banquet and the contestants have to show off their skills, but the overlords are eating a roast pig and bored with Katniss (because she misses a target) so Katniss turns her arrow towards them and shoots an apple. Katniss says, "you better recognize, mothafuckas!", flashes a gang sign, and the audience swoons. That's when she's a badass. Yes, she was wonderful in the Games, I'm sure, but what got your adrenaline going, what made her a badass, is showing off her abilities-- to men. That's why more than half of this movie takes place before the Games-- it's all about showing what you can do, showing your capabilities. Badass = showing she can compete on a male level.
In the actual Games, Katniss is continuously saved by men-- Haymitch, Peeta, Peeta again, Thresh-- but you don't notice that she saves no one, including herself, you think she saves herself all the time. You think this because of the first half of the movie told you she's a badass, so you don't realize that during the second half she shows less agency than Princess Jasmine.
Ashley Judd almost gets it...
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.
Sorry, Ashley, but those magazines and TV shows that are savaging you? Not for men. Men just want to bang you stupid, or don't. That's patriarchy. You're a piece of meat, and well paid for it. But the kind of criticism you're receiving is a female thing. Make up some other name. Patriarchy is already taken.
Whiskey takes on the Red Queen.
Beta Male Bill in the cubicle next to you is no threat, other than getting to the donuts in the conference room first. Yes he’s unsexy. But that’s it. Meanwhile the Shawn Tyson’s are an irritation away from a double homicide. People will act on these beliefs while taking an elaborate charade to hide them.
And at the basis of it all is the hatred really of all those women who when they attracted male attention had “men beneath them” (beta males) hitting on them.
I owe Roissy an apology. I was skeptical of the ability of Game on a wide level to contribute significant change. IF this above thesis is correct (and my hunch is, yes, because I’ve seen this attitude of “Beta Male White guys are the worst thing on the planet” over and over again by women who were at one time hot and never got over a “mortal insult” of being hit on by beta males) … well then Game might be the only thing to bring honesty and rationality to discussion about race and the Black criminal underclass.